Seven criminals in Ondo have been sentenced to death by a state high court for robbing and killing a US-based Nigerian, Banji Adafin
The criminals reportedly killed Banji in July 2017, in the presence of his wife, Abimbola Adafin, and made away with some of his valuables
The court also sentenced to one-year imprisonment an accomplice, Damilola Samuel, who is a girlfriend of one of the convicts, for allegedly assisting the operation
A high court in Akure, Ondo state capital, on Thursday, August 23 sentenced seven men to death for robbing and killing one Banji Adafin, a US-based tycoon.
Adafin was said to be on vacation in Nigeria in July 2017, when the criminals got information about his whereabouts, gained entry into his residence in Temidire street, Muyiwa Oni Avenue along Akure\Owo expressway and murdered him in the presence of his wife, making away with some of his valuables, Premium Times.
The deceased's killers include Jimoh Sodiq a.k.a Akamo; Blessing Ogunlade, Yomi Balogun a.k.a Regal; Oluwaseun Oluwalola a.k.a Iyan; Akeem Adedayo, Oso John Omoniyi a.k.a Bosco and Sodiq Babatunde. They were found guilty of armed robbery, conspiracy to commit murder and illegal possession of firearms.
However, the prime criminal, Jimoh Sodiq, who actually shot Adafin to death, was convicted of murder contrary to and punishable under section 316 of the criminal code, cap 37 vol 1 laws of state.
The court also sentenced to one-year imprisonment, an accomplice, Damilola Samuel a.k.a Mama, a girlfriend of one of the convicts, for allegedly assisting the criminals.
Damilola reportedly aided the robbers in disposing the stolen goods and served as the armourer to the gang. She was convicted for accessory in violation of section 10 of the criminal code, cap 37, laws of Ondo.
Samuel Bola, the presiding judge, in his ruling, stated that the prosecution had proven beyond reasonable doubt that the accused persons were culpable in the death of late Banji Adafin.
Bola said the offenders committed the offences in contravention of the Robbery and Firearms Act, laws of the Federation (2004) and the Criminal Code, laws of Ondo state (2006).
In her statement, Damilola had confessed that she was in a relationship with the second defendant, Blessing Ogunlade. She said she had to do his bidding when he asked her to remove some incriminating items from his home.
Recounting her ordeal during the robbery incident, the wife of the deceased, Abimbola Adafin, informed the court that she had a scream from her housemaid and a female relative, but before she could do anything, the robbers had gained entrance through the kitchen door.
Abimbola said: “l was inside the bedroom with my husband and daughter when l heard Hannah Temitope (a relative) and Deborah Petti (a housemaid) suddenly scream at the top of their lungs which made me rush out of the bedroom to the living room.
"When I got to the sitting room, I saw why the two women screamed. They were held at gunpoint by two armed robbers. When I saw the armed robbers, I panicked and ran back to the room. Unknown to me, the armed robbers had gained access inside the house through the kitchen door.”
She said that the robbers physically assaulted both ladies with an iron rod, stole two Samsung plasma television sets, her husband’s Samsung phone, one techno phone and an electric pressing iron.
Olajiri Fadipe, an official of the State Security Services (SSS), who testified before the court, revealed that while six of the gunmen were actively involved in the armed robbery, the seventh accused person had supplied unlicensed firearms for the crime.
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