Jide Falola, Justice of an Osun State High Court sitting in Okuku has sentenced two robbers to death for conspiracy.
The convicts, Olowookere Segun and Morakinyo Sunday, were found guilty of forcefully breaking into the house of one Balogun Tope, a police officer attached to Divisional Police headquarters, Okuku, in April 2010 and carting away some of his belongings.
The convicts were charged with conspiracy, robbery and stealing contrary to Section 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of Robbery and Firearm (Special Provisions) Act, cap R 11 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section (390)(1) Criminal Code Law, Cap 34, Laws of Osun State, 2002.
Abiola Adewemimo, the state Solicitor-General, who led the prosecution team, called six witnesses and tendered several exhibits during the prosecution.
The prosecution told the court that on November 13, 2010, the men were sighted around Balogun’s home armed with cutlass and a dane gun, and that while two of them were arrested, others escaped.
The convicts were said to have confessed that they stole the fowls, adding that it was not the first time they stole from the man.
“They also stated that they had earlier robbed Alhaja Umani Oyewo in her house and stole broilers, eggs and kegs of vegetable oil from the house,” Adewemimo said.
Falola in his judgment convicted them on three counts: to death for conspiracy; life sentence for robbery, and three years imprisonment for stealing.
Falola recommended that the governor could decide to commute the death sentence to 10 years imprisonment, considering the convicts’ ages.