Man sentenced to death in Ekiti for armed robbery

A man, Waliu Abifarin, has been sentenced to death by an Ado-Ekiti High Court for armed robbery.

Justice Ayodeji Daramola said the prosecution has proved the case beyond reasonable doubt.

Daramola held that Abifarin was guilty of a one-count charge of armed robbery contrary to Section 1 (2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11 Vol. 14 laws of the Federation of Nigeria.

According to the charge sheet, Abifarin, on 21st December 2013 robbed one Shaibu Obanimoh of the sum of N250,000 at Aleja Camp, idege/Igirigiri Road, Ado-Ekiti, while armed with cutlass and other offensive weapons.

Abifarin, arraigned on 12th May 2016, pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Prosecution counsel, Mojisola Olajiga, called four witnesses and tendered one Bajaj motorcycle, a cutlass, and other materials as exhibits.

Counsel to the accused, Mr. A.O. Adeloye led his client to his evidence but did not call any witness.

Meanwhile, Ekiti State Judiciary is to proceed on Christmas/Year break with effect from Thursday.

A statement on Wednesday signed by the Chief Judge, Justice Ayodeji Daramola, said the notice was given pursuant to Order 45 Rule (4) (C) of Ekiti State High Court (Civil Procedure) Rules 2011.

It said the trial of civil actions in the High Court of Ekiti State shall be suspended between Thursday, 21st December 2017 till Friday, 5th January 2018.

Resumption of normal court activities shall commence from Monday, 8th January 2018.

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