An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo, the state capital, has sentenced a man, Kayode Adedeji, to death by hanging for robbing a woman of the sum of N3,420.

The prosecuting counsel from the state Ministry of Justice, Mrs. Elisabeth Alabi, told the court on Wednesday that Adedeji, while armed with a knife, invaded the residence of one Omowunmi Adebayo, at Bolorunduro area in Ilesa around 1:30 a.m. and stole her N3,420.

According to Alabi, the accused, who committed the offence on April 25, 2009 was armed with other dangerous weapons.

The prosecutor said that the 40-year-old Adedeji fled the scene but was trailed and arrested by some members of the Oodua People’s Congress, OPC, in the area.

Adedeji was said to have pleaded not guilty to the one count charge of armed robbery when he was arraigned about eight years ago and was granted bail.

But the state counsel said that the accused later abused the bail privilege by committing another offence. To this end, he was remanded in Ilesa Prison.

But when the case resumed for continuation of hearing on Wednesday, Alabi, while presenting the fact of the case, argued that the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 11(2)(A) CAPR II, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.

The presiding judge, Justice Kudirat Akano found Adedeji guilty of the crime and convicted him accordingly.

The defence counsel, Mr. Tunde Adedokun prayed the court to temper justice with mercy in sentencing the convict.

Delivering his judgment, Justice Akano ordered that Adedeji be put to death by hanging.

Author: Yemi Olarinre