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Justice Ayo Adebiyi of Osun State High Court, Osogbo yesterday sentenced two middle aged men to death by hanging for armed robbery.

The convicts are Wasiu Afolayan 36 years old and Kola Adeyemi 34 years old.

They were arraigned before the court on four counts charges of conspiracy, armed robbery, attempted armed robbery, and unlawful possession of arms contrary to and punishable under section 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (special provisions) Act, Cap R.11, Laws of Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

They pleaded not guilty to the offences preferred against them.

Prosecuting Counsel from the Ministry of Justice, Barrister Bewaji Adeniji told the court that on the 7th day of December, 2018, at a place near C.A.C No. 16, Oke-Onitea Area, Osogbo, Wasiu Afolayan and Kola Adeyemi laid siege to the area and robbed people living in that community.

Wasiu Afolayan was arrested at the scene of the crime at Oke-Onitea, while the Police investigation led to the arrest of Kola Adeyemi at Ikire through the confession of the Wasiu Afolayan, who mentioned his name as his gang member.

Meanwhile, the same armed robbery gang on the 26th day of November, 2018, earlier robbed  at No. 3, Oduola, Street, Igbona area, Osogbo, Osun State, where they carted away belongings of the  residents and also killed one Olaniyi Adewale with the gun during the robbery operation and escaped from the scene.

During the trial, Adeniji called six witnesses to prove  his case and tendered several exhibits including the extra judicial statements made at both Divisional Police Headquarters and at SCID.

After the arguments in the point of Law between the prosecuting counsel and defence Counsel Adeshina Ayodele Olaniyan,Justice Adebiyi said that prosecuting counsel has proved the charges against the accused persons beyond reasonable doubt and found them guilty of the offences preferred against them.

Counsel to the convicts, Olaniyan  pleaded to the court to temper justice with mercy with his clients because they are first offenders.

In his Judgement Justice Adebiyi thereby sentenced them to death by hanging.

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