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Osun high court sentences four to death for armed robbery and murder.

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By Richard Akintade, Osogbo.

An Osun State High Court,sitting in Osogbo, presided over by Honourable Justice Jide Falola, has sentenced four men to death by hanging for Armed Robbery and murder.

The Convicts were Hammed Rafiu, 37, Rasidi Waidi, 39, Kayode Sunday, 29, and Owolabi Bashiru, 54, a security guard, who were arraigned before the Court on the 23rd day of October, 2019 on six counts charges.

The four men, who were arraigned on six (6) count’s changes of conspiracy,contrary to section 6(b), Armed Robbery,contrary to and punishable under section 1(1) and (2) (a) (b), of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap R11, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, Conspiracy to murder, contrary to section 324, murder,contrary to and punishable under section 319, stealing,contrary to and punishable under section 390(9) and kidnapping, contrary to and punishable under section 364 of the Criminal Code, Cap 34, Volume 2, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2002.

They had pleaded not guilty to the charges preferred against them, but the court ordered their remand in correctional custody.

According to the prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice, Dele Akintayo, the four men gang murdered one Victor Akinbile a cousin’s of former Deputy Governor, Adegboyega Benedict Alabi who travelled down to Ikirun, Osun State on the 26th day of November, 2018 to attend the swearing-in ceremony of former Deputy Governor of Osun State, Mr. Benedict Gboyega Alabi and Governor Adegboyega Oyetola.

Barrister Akintayo informed the Court that Victor Akinbile who slept in his uncle’s house at Moboreje Area, Ikirun called his wife upon arrival in the said house on 26 November, 2018,to inform her of her save arrival.

Prosecution Counsel further said that Owolabi Bashiru, a security guard opposite the house informed the Hammed Rafiu, Rashidi Waidi and Kayode Sunday that Victor Akinbile had arrived from Lagos and lodged in a house directly opposite his duty post at Basorun House Moboreje Area, Ikirun on 26 of November, 2018.

The convicts,who were reportedly armed with offensive weapons, jumped the fence into the house owned by Victor Akinbile’s uncle; they were armed with guns, cutlasses and other dangerous weapons during their armed Robbery operation, and they forcibly gained entrance into his room where Victor slept.

Having gained entrance into the house through burglary window they demanded the sum of Ten million Naira from Victor who told them he didn’t have up to that amount, disclosing that he had five Million Naira in his Bank account. He transferred a sum of Three Million Naira to Hammed Rafiu Bank account in United Bank for Africa (UBA),who collected hundred of thousands of Naira cash from the victim,having threatened to kill him.

After collecting three Million Naira and hundred of thousands Naira Cash from him, the Convicts later kidnapped Victor Akinbile and put him inside his Toyota Camry car boot and drove him to Dominion Camp, area old Iragbiji road along Ikirun/Osogbo road and set him and car ablaze which caused the death of Victor Akinbile.

During the trial investigation revealed that Hammed Rafiu, Rashidi Waidi and Kayode Sunday had earlier robbed Alhaji Azeez Olusegun behind Oluwo’s House Eweta, Ikirun on October 8,2018 where the trio stole a Toyota Camry (muzzle) with registration number JJJ 371 AA LAGOS, also collected ₦620,000.

Hammed Rafiu and Rashidi Waidi were arrested at Ogijo in Ogun State, Kayode Sunday in Ondo State, while Owolabi Bashiru was nabbed in Ikirun.

Barrister Akintayo had earlier called four (4) witnesses and tendered several exhibits before the Court,where the convicts testified by themselves.

Counsel to Owolabi Bashiru, fourth accused person, Barrister S.B Ajibade and Adedayo Adedeji counsel to Hammed Rafiu, Rashidi Waidi and Kayode Sunday earlier told the court that there was no evidence to show that the accused persons held a meeting before the Robbery incident,and urged the Court to discharge and acquit the accused.

Justice Falola agreed that prosecution Counsel Dele Akintayo Esq. has proven his case beyond any reasonable doubt and convicted them on six counts charges preferred against them.

In his judgement Justice Jide Falola sentenced them accordingly, count one, life improvement, count two death Sentence,count three life imprisonment, count four Death, count five, five years imprisonment and count six,7 years imprisonment.

Justice Falola termed the case as technology assisted and he applauded the Nigeria police for their efforts in tracking down the convicts location and their bank account.

He further ruled that all the cash recovered from convicts and cash in their Bank accounts should be handed over to the wife of the deceased,with the recommendation that none of the convicts should benefit from any State pardon, such as prerogative of mercy and any other of such.

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Gov. ORTOM IN THE EYE OF STORM AS AGGRIEVED PARENTS CALL FOR PROBE OF THREE FARMERS MURDERED IN MAKURDI

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By Abdulateef Bamgbose

An aggrieved parents Mr. Alexander Adimanyi and Elder Ogwuche Adimanyi, has petition the Nigeria Police Command, Makurdi, the Benue State Capital to among other prayers investigate the state government over the gruesome murdered of their Son Ogwuche Adimanyi Jr. and his brother in – law in Adaka community in the outskirts of Makurdi on the 16 the December, 2022.

In a petition to the Police Command Makurdi, made available to Newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, dated 13 January 2023, signed by Alexander Adimanyi and Elder Ogwuche Adimanyi the deceased along with his in – law Raphel Enemari and a native of Adaka village , in Makurdi had gone to inspect and secure a farm land , on lease preparatory to the next farming season.


” Having received the information quite late in the evening that the deceased had not return, the parent decided to send one Enokela Idoko to Adaka village , the next day 17th December ,on getting to the scene of the crime the Divisional Police Officer ( DPO), ‘ D’ Division Makurdi and his Team along side the search party, went to the scene where my late son , along side , my son’ s brother in – law Raphel Enemari and a native of the Community who went to show them the land were discovered “

The petition futher stated that ” My Son was not only killed but stripped of all the Valuables on him. His blue Honda ACE 110 Motorcycle with Eng. No. JA4090KN 057449 with plate number WNN 586 US ride the Scene by the deceased, his Automated Teller Machine ( ATM) , Card”


” All these Valuables were stolen from him at the crime scene and other mentioned are yet to be found”


” The body was deposited at the Federal Medical center Makurdi Morgue on the same day it was recovered and have subsequently been buried on the 22December 2022, after obtaining a police permission at Aija You village , Otukpo Local government area, Benue state.”


The family in their petition prayed the police and other relevant Authority to use their offices to investigate this crime to bring it to logical conclusion and bring the murderer ( S) to book , recover all the Valuables that were removed from my late Son at the crime Scene” the Adimanyis demanded.

The petition apparently may have set the state Government on collision with the Governor of Benue State, Mr. Samuel Ortom who in a statement by his media aide Terver Akase, claimed Fulani Herders were responsible for the gruesome murder of Ogwuche Adimanyi Jr and the two others.
Tervse Akase, had in a statement two days after the murderer issued an statement that ” The latest attack, coming barely two Months after similar, separate attacks in Gbeji and Ukohol Communities in Ukum and Guma Local government areas, that suspected Fulani Herders have again attacked Adaka community, about 20 kilometers on the outskirts of Makurdi, the Benue state Capital”
Akase stated in his press statement on behalf of the state State Government that ” The attack may be a ploy by the armed herdsmen to take over the Community and disrupt activities that would lead to smooth election in 2023″
He claimed in HS statement the the ” armed herdsmen invaded the village shot sporadically and wounded several persons with only the three deceased recovered with bullet wounds and multilated with matchet”

The Adimanyi family has described the haste with which the state Government issue the statement as mere diversionary tactics and politicisation of the gruesome murder of suspected Tiv community in Adaka.


” The state Government would do well to show the number they claimed were shot, because the area they were murdered is surrounded by villages. We leave that for the police” Alexander Adimanyi, decline futher comments.

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