2 Armed Robbers To Die By Hanging For Robbing 53-year-old Lecturer In Ekiti

Fakorede Olawale, 36, and Tunji Olaitan, 39, have been sentenced to death for armed robbery by an Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti.

The two guys were charged with attempted murder, rape, and armed robbery on three counts.

The charge read, “The defendants on November 24, 2015, at the Adehun area, beside Petim Sawmill, Iworoko Road, Ado Ekiti, within the jurisdiction of the court, did attempt to murder, attempt to rape and rob one Titilope Ayeni on the same day.

“The offences are contrary to sections 320 and 559 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 Laws of Ekiti State, 2012, also Section 1(2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.”

In her statement to the police, the victim, a 53-year-old lecturer, said, “I was about to sleep around 8pm when my generator suddenly stopped working. I went to check what happened to it; in the process, the defendants emerged from my compound.

“Before I said a word, they started cutting me with machetes. I shouted, as I defended my head and face. They dragged me inside my room and attempted to rape me, but they got distracted when my phone rang.

“Thereafter, they tried unsuccessfully to dump me inside my well. Following my shout, my neighbours called the police who came on time in a patrol van. One of the robbers, Fakorede Olawale, escaped with my N15,000 cash, my gold valued at $350, my phone, ATM cards and other valuables I cannot remember. He was later arrested.

“I was taken to a hospital by the police for treatment due to the deep machete cuts sustained in both arms.

“Olawale had once broken into my house and was arrested. That time, he was charged to court, but later released on bail. He had threatened to kill me until he came back with his gangs.”

Gbemiga Adaramola, the police prosecutor, called four witnesses and presented the victim’s photographs, testimony, and bond to return seized property to the owner as exhibits, among other things.

The defendants did not call any witnesses and spoke in their own defense through their attorneys.

They requested the court to strike a balance between justice and mercy.

The prosecution established attempted murder, attempted rape, and armed robbery against the first defendant, and attempted murder and armed robbery against the second defendant, according to Justice Adeniyi Familoni.

The judge said, “On count one, attempted murder, the two defendants are sentenced to life imprisonment. On count two, attempted rape, the first defendant is sentenced to 14 years’ imprisonment without a fine option, while the second defendant is discharged and acquitted.

“On count three, armed robbery, the two defendants are sentenced to death. May the Lord have mercy on your souls.”

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