Court sentences herbalist, Okada rider, other to death for killing corps member in Osun

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Three men have been sentenced to death for the robbery and murder of a corps member, Adebayo Mukaila, in Osogbo, the capital of Osun State

The three men are An herb seller, Jelli Kareem, an Okada rider, Oludayo Oludele, and an electrician, Awodeji Muyiwa,

The convicts pleaded not guilty when arraigned on October 8th, 2020, alongside a vulcanizer, Anifowose Buliaminu, who they sold stolen recharge cards to after the crime.

During the trial, the prosecutor from the Ministry of Justice, Muyiwa Ogunleye, called four witnesses: the 10-year-old daughter of the deceased who witnessed her father’s murder, a family member, a pathologist, and an investigative police officer.

The prosecution also presented an autopsy report and other exhibits.

He said: “Kareem, Oludele and Muyiwa on January 28th 2020 in Omo West Area conspired to rob and kill one Mukaila of his phone, recharge card and other valuables.

He added that Biliaminu also received recharge card stolen from Mukaila, noting that offences of conspiracy, robbery, murder and possession of fire arms contravened Sections 316, 319 and 324 of Criminal Code Law. Cap.34, Vol. 2. Laws of State, 2002 and Section 27 of the Robbery and Fire arms Act Cap R11, LFN 2004.

However, the defense counsel, Shina Olaniyan, Legal Aid Counsel, Folashade Ipede and Suleiman Akano urged the court to dispelled the case against the convicts who are herbseller, Okada rider, electrician and vulcaniser noting that the prosecution did not prove the case of Murder,Conspiracy to Armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearms against the defendants.

Delivering the judgment, Justice Adedapo Adeniji of State High Court, Ile-Ife stated that the prosecution proved all the case beyond reasonable doubt.

He sentenced them to death for the offences and discharged and acquitted Anifowose Buliaminu for receiving stolen recharge card.

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