Two sentenced to death by hanging for stealing N105,000, mobile phones in Ekiti

An Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti division, has sentenced two people, Benjamin Joseph (32), and Stephen Orban (25), to death by hanging for robbing two people of money and valuables.

On December 30, 2022, the inmates were arraigned on four counts of conspiracy and armed robbery.

The charge read, “On 16th August 2022 along Iluomoba Road, Aisegba Ekiti did conspire to commit a felony, to wit; armed robbery.

“As at the time of the robbery, they were armed with locally made guns, knives, and cutlasses and did rob Daramola Christiana and Ajayi Alaba of their belongings such as phones, power bank, creams, drugs, ATM Cards, and N105,000 cash among others.

“The offences are contrary to Sections 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. RII, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004,” the charge stated.

In her testimony before the court, one of the victims, a trader, said that four armed men attacked them at a barricaded point at Aisegba Ekiti along Omuo – Ado Ekiti Road.

The victim said, “They collected our phones, power bank, other valuables, and a cash sum of N105,000.00 and ran into the bush. I was rescued by a sympathizer, but the driver drove back to Omuo and made a formal complaint to the police”.

The prosecutor, Ibironke Odetola, called six witnesses and tendered charms, phones, camouflage underwear, a hammer, three hoods, fake Dollar notes, and cutlasses among others as exhibits, while the defendants spoke in their defence through their lawyer, Adeyinka Opaleke, and called no witnesses.

In the judgment on Thursday, Justice Blessing Ajileye, who said the prosecution proved the case beyond reasonable doubt that there was an armed robbery on 16th August 2022, found the two persons guilty.

The judge pronounced, “Consequently, the sentence of this court upon Benjamin Joseph and Stephen Orban is that they are hanged by the neck until they are dead, may God have mercy on your souls”.

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