Two bible robbery suspects identified as Ariyo Ayodeji (22) and Ayodele Oluwakayode (20), arraigned on a four-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery contrary to Section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap C16 Laws of Ekiti State and Section 402(2) of the same law, were handed a death sentence by an Ekiti State High Court.
The suspects who were found guilty of robbery, were sentenced to five years imprisonment on each count of conspiracy and death by hanging on the charge of armed robbery by Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of High Court 6.
According to the Prosecutor, Mrs. Olukemi Daniel-Ojo, said the convicts at about 5.00 am on 1st March, 2016 at Plot 18 in Oke Osun area of Ikere-Ekiti, while armed with guns and other dangerous weapons robbed one Mrs. Stella Faniyi of her hand bag. The bag contained one Nokia Lumia handset, one Airtel registered handset, an ATM card, a copy of Holy Bible, a one hymn book and money.
They escaped arrest even though the incident was reported at Ikere Police Station.
The Nation also reported that the two convicts on 18th March, 2016 also robbed one Mrs. Bunmi Arije at 11 Avenue Federal Housing Estate along Afao Road, Ado-Ekiti at about 8.00 pm while armed with guns and other dangerous weapons.
The convicts dispossessed Mrs. Arije of one Blackberry phone, one Samsung phone, one ATM card, a bunch of keys, a driver’s licence and a cash sum of N9,000.Shortly after robbing Mrs. Arije, the convicts were arrested by a team of policemen on patrol during a stop-and-search exercise.
Handing down the verdict to the suspects, Justice Ogunmoye ruled: “On conspiracy, the two accused persons are sentenced to five years imprisonment on each count of conspiracy each.
“On the charge of armed robbery, the two defendants are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May God have mercy on your souls.”