Two To Die For Robbing Osun Clergyman, Others
Two men were, on Wednesday, sentenced to death by hanging for robbing a clergyman, and two other residents of Ila Orangun and Oke-ila Orangun communities in Osun State. Ayodeji Adeleke and Abiodun Oyedunmola were found guilty of two counts of armed robbery and conspiracy after a trial that lasted a year and three days. The convicts were first arraigned before Justice Jide Falola of the Osun State High Court sitting in Ila Orangun on May 24, 2019. In his judgement at a session held on the premises of the Ilesa Correctional Centre, Justice Falola imposed the death penalty on the two men. On April 14, 2016, Adeleke and Oyedunmola were accused of attacking one Muydeen Owonifari, a resident of Oke-ila Orangun, in his house. The victim was said to have escaped and later reported the attack to the police and gave the security operatives the glove and life cartridges recovered from the robbers. On March 28, 2016, Pastor Clement Afolabi was attacked by the convicts, while on April 3, 2016, one Olubunmi Bayepade was similarly dispossessed of her belongings. During the trial, the prosecution counsel from the Ministry of Justice, called five witnesses and tendered 11 exhibits, including the confessional statements of the accused, a cartridge, gun and two mobile phones. The defence counsel pleaded with the court to be lenient with his client. In his judgement, Justice Falola found the men guilty of the two counts preferred against them. He sentenced the two men to life imprisonment for conspiracy and death by hanging for armed robbery.