By Ahmed Sobiye, Abeokuta
A High Court sitting in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital on Monday sentenced an accused, Kola Akanji, to death by hanging for armed robbery.
Akanji, whose address was not given, was found guilty of a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.
In his judgment, Justice Abiodun Akinyemi, said the court was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence.
“According to Section 1(2) (a&b) and 6(b) of the Act, the punishment is death and the court has no discretion in the matter. Having found that the accused person is guilty as charged in both counts. I have no choice but impose on him the capital sentence as prescribed by the Law. You shall be hung by your neck until you are dead,’’ he said.
He held that the evidence presented by the prosecution was tenable and, therefore, sentenced the accused to death by hanging
The convict, had been standing trial since December 2010, when he was arrested and charged for robbing one Fashola Moses of his motorcycle, phone and money.
The accused was said to have inflicted grievous harm on Moses with a bottle during the robbery, which took place in Onigbedu area in Yewa North Local Government Area of Ogun State.
The prosecutor, Mrs O.S. Ogunbode, had during the trial told the court that the convict committed the offence on Dec. 16, 2010 at about 7:00 p.m. at Onigbedu.
According to Ogunbode, the convict and two others had boarded the motorcycle of their victim at Ijaka Isale in Yewa North and told him they were going to Ishaga Olowu.
“On their way, the accused switched off the ignition of the motorcycle. When the complainant came down to check what the problem was, the accused hit him on his head with a bottle and he fell down.
“Immediately, the convict and two others took the motorcycle phone, money and rode away. Unfortunately for them, they had an accident on their way, they abandoned the motorcycle and flee into the bush.
“The complaint recovered and pursued them with the help of another cyclist. They found his motorcycle at the scene of the accident. They went to the nearest village where the accident occurred and narrated what happened to the villagers. The villagers followed them to search the bush and caught the accused, while his accomplice escaped,’’ he said.