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Ekiti Man Sentenced to Death by Hanging Over N14,750 Robbery




An Ado-Ekiti High Court, yesterday, sentenced a man named David Olugboyega to death by hanging for an armed robbery operation in which N14,570 was stolen.

According to Vanguard, the accused committed the offence on March 20th, 2003 at Araromi Street, Ikere -Ekiti. Armed with weapons including gun and cutlass, Olugboyega is said to have robbed three people of N14,570.

Delivering the ruling, the judge, John Adeyeye said:

“An accused may be convicted on his own confession alone as long as the court was satisfied. Based on the confessional statement of the accused, the court found him guilty as charged. Besides, the prosecution has also proved his case beyond reasonable doubt by providing seven witnesses.

The accused is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. This will serve as deterrent to others in the society. May God have mercy on your soul.”


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  1. Olusola

    December 4, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    i really wonder what this same judge will do if the current high profile looters were placed on the table for this judge to preside over.

    • nene+

      December 4, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      One second I had said what arrant nonsense untill I read that he had gun and cutlass! Crass! This sort of armed robbers kills with recklessness! I am sorry but I still prefare those who steal without harming me. Mind you a thief is a thief but a thief who can gun you down for 50 naira or rape you is worse than others!!!!! My candid opinion! What ever he gets he deserves!

  2. DIddy

    December 4, 2015 at 1:43 pm

    Story for the gods

  3. ElessarisElendil

    December 4, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    “This will serve as deterrent to others in the society.”: I heard rumours that the Ekiti brand of weed was particularly powerful, I disbelieved until now, this idiot has not seen politicians and bankers get imprisonment for stealing, though to be fair stealing/corruption is not armed robbery.

    Anyways I’m sure it will be struck down at appeal or if all fails the People’s Governor, mah main guy Fayose will pardon him.

  4. sarah

    December 4, 2015 at 1:53 pm

    Are we going to sit down and watch this happen?

  5. bruno

    December 4, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    I have mixed feelings about this. armed robbery is probably the worst and most extreme kind of robbery ever
    assuming he snatched a bag full of money or pick pocketed the money then I would have said the death sentence is too harsh but he committed armed robbery, thats very wicked. I pity the victims of the robbery attack. pointing a gun or cutlass at someone’s head is beyond wicked. victims of armed robbery, what do u think? is the sentence harsh

  6. KB

    December 4, 2015 at 2:12 pm

    Classic example of the judicial imbalance we have in this geographical location called Nigeria. The only country where you stay a star for stealing billions but you are condemned to death for petty theft. Why are we this docile as a people? Yes stealing is stealing, regardless of the amount, but death penalty for this???

    Judge Adeyeye consider reversing this judgement and bill me personally for the fourteen thousand. Haba.

    • Puzzles

      December 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      I don’t agree that what he did was petty theft. He was an armed robber, ARMED with weapons including gun and cutlass. Do you know if before he was caught, he had severely injured or even murdered people? How many armed robbers have gotten away with assaulting, raping and murdering people?

      But then, the Justice system needs to be re-evaluated. The big men who steal billions should not be aloud to walk away freely.

      Blood is in their hands too.

      The blood of the soldiers who went to battle without adequate weapons

      The blood of the people who died as a result of low quality healthcare and horrible transport systems

      The blood of people who died in the hands of armed robbers such as this man because of inadequate security

      And even the blood of this man who has been sentenced to death because it is possible he became an armed robber due to lack of good employment and inadequate infrastructure to succeed in a business.

    • Pedro

      December 4, 2015 at 9:34 pm

      He was not sentenced to death for stealing 14,500, he was sentenced to death for being an armed robber. In our Constitution, armed robbery is punishable by death, whether the robber has succeed in stealing a kobo or not. Provided he possesses arms for the purpose of intimidating innocent people and collecting their belongings, he is a robber and the punishment is death. An armed robber is a potential murderer.

  7. Anonymous

    December 4, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Stealing o, corruption o, whichever name you brand it, they all belong to one family. I pity however, this young man who has been a scapegoat on this issue. A robbery case that took place 2003, N 14, 570 is really pathetic the differing chasm between its consequence in the court of law, and its contemporary reality, considering the number of heartless corporate thieves parading themselves as politicians who are looting our national treasure, yet going scot-free. Hmmm, irony of life. #God have mercy on your soul Brother. Wish I would have the chance to minister the gospel to you.

    • feynasia

      December 4, 2015 at 7:14 pm

      Are you aware that according to the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, the punishment for ARMED robbery is death? His Lordship was only doing that which is according to the law. Even if he stole N5 but armed with a “dangerous weapon,” the judgment of the court would be the death penalty if found guilty. He deserves what he got. Simple.

  8. ako

    December 4, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    The punishment does not fit the crime. In any case he has probably been in jail since 2003. How about time servered

  9. usuji

    December 5, 2015 at 1:13 am

    please what is the penalty for corruption? i feel it should be given the death penalty because corruption is way worse than armed robbery please

  10. bunmi

    December 7, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Haba because of just N 14, 570 only….. Abeg make una have mercy o

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