Justice Lateef Lawal-Akapo of an Ikeja High Court yesterday sentenced three persons to death by hanging for armed robbery and murder. The convicts, Wasiu Arepo, an aluminium maker, Oluwaseun Idowu, a driver and Ganiyu Hassan, a student and commercial motorcyclist were found guilty on the four count-charge of armed robbery and murder preferred against them by Lagos State Government in accordance with Section 402(2a) of the Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2011 and Section 319 subsection 1(a) of Criminal Code Law of Lagos State, 2011. According to the prosecution, the convicts committed the offence on February 5, 2011 at Aleke village, Imota at 2a.m.
During trial, the complainant, Mrs. Adijatu Bakare, had told the court how the convicts robbed her at her residence. She said when the convicts stormed the house, they demanded from the husband to produce the money he withdrew from the bank a day before. According to her, In the process, one of the accused, Arepo, shot Abubakar in the chest after which they ransacked the house and carted away N15,000 cash and other valuables, leaving the victim in his pool of blood. He died on his way to the hospital. In his judgment, Justice Lawal-Akapo said the prosecution had proved beyond doubt that the convicts committed the crime.