Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Killers of ex-FUTA VC sentenced to death

Update: Killers of ex-FUTA VC sentenced to death
An Ondo State High Court sitting in Akure Wednesday sentenced two persons, Daniel Ita Effiog and Olayemi Bamitale, to death by hanging for killing a former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Prof. Albert Ilemobade.
Effiog, 24 and Bamitale 36, respectively served as security guard and former driver to the university don.

They were accused of killing Ilemobade on June 21, 2015, and later dumped his remains in an isolated store in his compound at Ijapo, Akure, before carting away his Toyota Rav 4 Jeep and other valuable items from the compound.
The deceased decomposed’s body was later found by family members about one week after the incident.
The duo was arrested by policemen in Ogun State while trying to sell the stolen items on June 27.
They were later transferred to the Ondo State Police Command for further investigation and prosecution.
The convicts were charged with conspiracy, robbery and murder by strangling the 78-year-old deceased to death at his residence in Ijapo Estate, Akure.
The offence, according to prosecution, was contrary to and punishable under Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
The prosecution team, led by the state Director of Public Prosecution, DPP, Mrs Adejoke Adeyemi-Tuki , called four witnesses and tendered several exhibits during the prosecution.
The charges read: “That you Daniel Ita Effiog and Olayemi Bamitale on the 21st June 2015 at about 9pm at No. 1 Ikere Street Ijapo Estate commit felony to wit: murder and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
“That you Daniel Ita Effiog and Olayemi Bamitale on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did kill one Professor Albert Adeoye Ilemobade by jointly strangled him to death and thereby committed an offence contrary to section 316 and punishable under section 319 of Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
“That you Daniel Ita Effiog and Olayemi Bamitale on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did conspire together to commit felony to wit: robbery and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 403A of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006.
“That you Daniel Ita Effiog and Olayemi Bamitale on the same date, time and place in the aforementioned magisterial district did rob one late Professor Albert Adeoye Ilemobade Rav 4 Jeep 2008 model with registration number Lagos GGE-589-CF valued yet unknown and the sum of seven thousand naira property of late Professor Albert Adeoye Ilemobade and thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under section 401 of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol.1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria 2006”.
However, in one of their previous arrangements in court, they denied killing him by pleading not guilty to the three count-charges preferred against them.
But, in his ruling, Justice William Olamide held that the prosecution was able to establish and proved their case beyond a reasonable doubt and to the satisfaction of the court.
He said, “The accused persons were callous, wicked and inconsiderate when they decided to slew out life of an elderly person over his property. Against this backdrop, the accused persons do not deserve the sympathy or mercy of this court.
“Law must take its cause and this will serve as a deterrent to other. The accused persons are hereby sentenced to death by hanging.
“May God have mercy on your souls”.
Counsel to the accused, Bar. Kazeem Hassan said the convicts have the right to appeal the lower court ruling.

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