Two men face death sentence for stealing fowls in Osun state

Two men has been sentenced to death for stealing fowls in Osun state.

Justice Jide Fashola, an Osun state High Court sitting in Okuku has sentenced two robbers to death for stealing fowls.

The two, Olowookere Segun and Morakinyo Sunday, were found guilty of forcefully breaking into the house of one Mr. Balogun Tope, a police officer attached to Divisional Police Headquarters, Okuku, in April 2010 and carted away some of his belongings.

The convicts were charged with conspiracy, robbery and stealing contrary to Section 6(b) and 1(2)(a) of Robbery and Firearm (Special Provisions) Act, cap R 11 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004 and Section (390)(1) Criminal Code Law, Cap 34, Laws of Osun State, 2002.

At the prosecution, the team led by the state Solicitor-General, Mrs Abiola Athis was dewemimo, contacted upto six witnesses and showed several exhibits.

The prosecution told the court that on November 13, 2010, men were sighted around Balogun’s home. They were armed with cutlass and a dane gun, at the process other members of the criminals escaped while two of them were caught.

The convicts were said to have confessed of stealing the complainant’s fowls previously from the man’s house, adding that this was not their first time there to steal there.

Adewemimo said: “They also stated that they had earlier robbed Alhaja Umani Oyewo in her house and stole broilers, eggs and kegs of vegetable oil from the house.” In his judgment, Justice Falola convicted them on only three counts: to death for conspiracy; life sentence for robbery, and three years imprisonment for stealing. Justice Falola recommended that the governor can decide to commute the death sentence to 10 years imprisonment, considering the convicts’ ages.


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