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Court Sentences Pastor, Five Others To Death By Hanging For Robbery

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For their involvement in bank robberies in Akure and Idanre in 2011, an Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure, the state capital has sentenced six persons to death

The victims, Pastor Adewale Adelu, and five others Ikechuckwu Maduagwu, Fayemi Olubusuyi, Ropo Adeleye, Dele Otopka, and Bayo Omotosho were found guilty of robbing two commercial banks in Akure and Idanre on November 19 and December 8, 2011 in Akure and Idanre respectively.

According to reports, they were arrested by the men of the state police command and were charged to court on four-count charge bothering on conspiracy, armed robbery, and illegal possession of firearms and were later remanded in Olokuta Correctional Centre.

The prosecuting counsel, F.K Salami, told the court that the convicts and others were “armed with AK 47 guns, dynamite, and other weapons at Oyemekun Road, Akure, conspired to attack and robbed a branch of Diamond Bank Plc, after which they went away with a sum of N30million and different brand of phones, including other valuable property.

___,,“The convicts on December 8, 2011, at 2 pm, were also alleged to have robbed First Bank Plc at Yaba Road, Idanre, where they carted away another sum of N4million.”

According to the prosecution, “the offences contravene Sections 6b, 1 2a, and b of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11, Vol. 14 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.”

There were arguments from both the prosecuting and defence counsel at various court proceedings on the matter while witnesses were also invited to the court to testify.

The court delivered the judgement on Tuesday by Justice Yemi Fasanmi, that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt, adding that the defendants were unanimous in their confessions and the role each of them played in the robberies.


To this end, Justice Fasanmi “sentenced all the defendants to death by hanging in each of the counts.”

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