A 45-year-old man identified as Mohammed Isiaka has been sentenced to death by hanging for killing one Yakubu Jimoh by the Ekiti State High Court.
Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, said, “The first accused is sentenced to death by hanging for murder on count one; and on count two, he is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment with N20,000 option of fine for unlawful possession of firearms.”
It was mentioned that the judge also sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment for unlawful possession of the Nigerian Army uniform with an option of a fine of N2,000.
He, however, acquitted the second and third defendants, saying, “In the case, there was no iota of evidence before me from which it could be inferred that the accused persons conspired to commit the offense of murder.
“The only option open to me in the circumstance is to hold that the prosecution had not proved the offense of conspiracy beyond reasonable doubt against the accused persons. In the circumstance, the 2nd and 3rd defendants are hereby discharged and acquitted.”
According to the charge, the first accused committed the offense on or about March 27, 2017, at Igirigiri village in Ado Ekiti, when he murdered one Yakubu Jimoh contrary to Section 316 and punishable under sections 319 and 428 (d) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap. C16 of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.
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