Man to hang in Ekiti for armed robbery

The Ekiti State High Court yesterday sentenced a man, Kingsley Okorowande, to death by hanging for armed robbery.

Justice Lekan Ogunmoye held that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.

Justice Ogunmoye found him guilty of robbing Mrs. Medinat Babatunde of her laptops, handsets, jewellery, wristwatches and N210,000 cash, while armed with guns and cutlasses.

The judge held: “The mandatory sentence in a case of the defendant convicted for armed robbery is death.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May God have mercy on your soul.”

According to the prosecution, Okorowande’s offences contravened Section 1(2)(a) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, 2014.

Prosecution counsel Ayodeji Jayeoba said the incident occurred on or about November 6, 2013 at Ori Apata Natha area of Basiri, Ado-Ekiti.

Okorowande and six others were arraigned on February 21, 2017.

They pleaded not guilty.

Four of them, Eze Stephen, Toyin Faturoti, Ojo Gboyega and Alomaja Sunkanmi escaped during a jailbreak at the Ado-Ekiti prison.

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