The Osun High Court in Osogbo, presided over by Judge Ged Falola on Monday, sentenced six men to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder.
Four of the six men, Rasidi Wade, 39, Hamid Rafeo, 37, Olabi Bashiru, 54, and Kayode Sunday, 29, have been charged with six counts of murdering Victor Akinbele, the cousin of the former deputy governor of Osun. Benedict Alabi, who traveled to Ikiron, part of the state on November 26, 2018, to attend the swearing-in ceremony of former Deputy Governor Albi, and Governor Gboyga Oyetola.
The four gang members who pleaded not guilty before their verdict were said to have forcibly entered the victim’s room and demanded 10 million naira. Subsequently, he was locked in the trunk of his Toyota Camry and taken to Osogbo/Ikiron Road, where the car caught fire.
The deceased reportedly gave them some cash and transferred N3 million to an account belonging to one of the attackers before killing him.
Judge Falola also sentenced Afolabi Maywa, 35, and Moti Aziz, also known as Tombolo, 41, to death for armed robbery and murder.
The convicts reportedly killed the commercial motorcyclist they had asked to be transported to Egbeda and stole the motorbike.
In addition to the sentence handed down, the judge also ruled that none of the convicts could benefit from any government amnesty due to the seriousness of the crime they had committed.
Six were sentenced to death by hanging in Osun