An Ilorin High Court has sentenced a notorious criminal, Olatunji Ibrahim Ariyo and four others to death by hanging. Ariyo, who is popular in the Kwara State capital, Ilorin for his nefarious activities was sentenced alongside Ganiyu Yaro, Timothy Oyebanji, Lukman Olateju Sanda and Akeem Olayinka (deceased).
According to the judgment delivered by Justice Adenike Akinpelu, the convicts were tried on a six-count charge for the offences of criminal conspiracy, armed robbery, causing mischief by fire and theft contrary to section 6 (b) and 1 (2) of the Robbery and Firearms Act, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and sections 337 and 286 of the Penal code.
The court held that on April 25, 2015, the convicts committed the offences at Agbarere area of Ilorin.“Each of the convicts is sentenced to imprisonment for a term of two years and the sum of N25,000 is imposed as fine on each of them on count 5 for causing mischief by fire.
“Each of the convicts is sentenced to death to and be executed pursuant to Robbery and Firearms Act on count 1, 2, 3 and 4 for the offences of criminal conspiracy to commit armed robbery and armed robbery respectively.
Making appearance for the prosecution were the state Director of Public Prosecution, Abdulmumini Adebimpe Jimoh, Senior State Counsels, Kayode Adekeye, and B.O. Banigbe. Toyin Muhammed Onanolapo appeared for the first accused while Ayodeji Azeez represented the second accused.According to the proof of evidence, Ariyo with his gang invaded the homes of eight families in Ilorin metropolis to carry out robbery attacks.
Source: The Guardian