Hammed Shittu in Ilorin
sa State High Court sitting in Ilorin, the state capital has sentenced a notorious armed robber, Olatunji Ibrahim Ariyo, and four others to death by hanging.
Ariyo who is popular in the state capital, Ilorin, for his nefarious activities was sentenced alongside, Ganiyu Sulyman Yaro, Timothy Oyebanji, Lukman Olateju Sanda, and Akeem Olayinka (deceased).
According to the judgment delivered by Justice Adenike Akinpelu, the convicts were tried on a six- count charge of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, causing mischief by fire, and theft, contrary to section 6 (b) and 1 (2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and sections 337 and 286 of the Penal code.
The court held that on April 25, 2015, the convicts committed the said offences at Agbarere area, in Ilorin.
“Each of the convicts is sentenced to imprisonment for a term of two years and the sum of N25,000 is imposed as fine on each of them on count 5 for causing mischief by fire.
“Each of the convict is sentenced to death to be executed pursuant to Robbery and Firearms Act on count 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the offences of criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery, respectively.
The prosecution was represented by the state Director of Public Prosecution, Mr. Abdulmumini Adebimpe Jimoh; and senior state counsel, Kayode Adekeye and B. O Banigbe.
Toyin Muhammed Onanolapo appeared for the first accused, while Ayodeji Azeez represented the second accused in the matter.
Ariyo and his gang invaded the homes of no fewer than eight families in Ilorin metropolis to carry out robbery attacks.