Ekiti court hands down death sentence to man for murder

A 29-year-old man, Adedayo Olawole, has been sentenced to death by hanging by an Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti for the murder of Chukwudi Joseph. Olawole was also sentenced to seven years in prison for his role in the conspiracy to commit the murder.

He was arraigned on charges of conspiracy and murder, with the prosecution presenting evidence that Olawole and others had conspired to kill Chukwudi Joseph in Eporo, Emure-Ekiti, in violation of Sections 244 and 243 of the Criminal Law of Ekiti State, Nigeria, 2021. A cousin of the deceased testified against Olawole, stating that he witnessed Olawole and his associates beating and fatally stabbing Joseph in the chest.

The prosecutor presented six witnesses and various pieces of evidence to support the case. In delivering the verdict, Justice Jubril Aladejana emphasized that the actions of Olawole and his accomplices, which included using planks to assault the victim before stabbing him, demonstrated intent to cause severe harm or death. Justice Aladejana declared that the prosecution had convincingly established that Olawole and others conspired to commit the murder beyond a reasonable doubt.

Consequently, Olawole was sentenced to seven years in prison for conspiracy without the option of a fine, and he was also sentenced to death for the murder of Chukwudi Joseph. The judge concluded the sentencing with a plea for God’s mercy on Olawole’s soul.

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