Court sentences four robbers to death in Ondo

By Samuel Faleye, Akure

A state High Court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital has sentenced four members of an armed robbery gang to death by firing squad.

The robbers, who specialised in hijacking petroleum tankers were Abdurahman Yinusa, Maliki Sanni, Ajayi Saliu and Mohammed Jimoh.

They were said to have been arrested in December 2009 and remanded at the Olokuta Medium Prison in Akure.

It was gathered that the convicts, with one other, who is still at large normally operated at Isua/Idoani expressway in Ose Local Government Area of Ondo State.

They were also accused of killing majority of their victims who refused to cooperate with them.

The convicts stood trial on a four-count charge of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, murder and illegal possession of fire arms contrary to section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act R11, Laws of Federation 2004.

The Prosecution Counsel, Mr. John Olowokere said the last operation of the gang, which led to their arrest was when they hijacked a DAF truck with registration number number XN 810 ABC ladened with 33,000 litres of petrol along Isua/Idoani road in 2009.

Olowokere narrated that three of the robbers drove in the truck to where they sold the product.

He added that the remaining two  took the driver of truck and his conductor to a bush where they tied them until the second day after they have disposed the item.

The Presiding Judge, Justice D.I. Kolawole of the Special Criminal High Court within Olokuta Medium Security Prison, said the the victims were guilty of the allegations leveled against them.

He noted that the prosecution counsel was able to substantiate the case against the accused. 

Kolawole however ordered that the robbers should be killed by firing squad.

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