By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo
Osun State High Court sitting in Ikirun presided over by Justice Jide Falola has sentenced three persons to death by hanging for their involvement in a bank robbery that occurred in February 2016 in Ikirun.
The convicts are Nuhu Jimoh, Ndubisi David and Aderibigbe Oluwasenu.
It would be recalled that on 12th February, 2016, at about 3:30 pm, armed men, in a coordinated bank robbery, attacked First Bank, Union Bank and Skye Bank, situated along the same street in Ikirun, Osun State, simultaneously.
The combined team of Policemen from Iragbiji Police Division, Ikirun Police Patrol Team and Special Anti-robbery Squad, responded to distress calls from the scene.
On getting to the scene, gun duel ensued between the armed robbers and the Policemen, and the armed gang was dislodged making them to run away in different directions.
Investigations revealed that seven members of the armed gang were killed by Police at the scene of crime, some others escaped with gunshots injuries while the three were apprehended.
Almost 32 peoples lost their lives to the incident. Seven assorted ammunitions included AK-47 gun Israeli and Russia made brought to the scene by the armed gang and a cash sum of N7,486,300 taken from the banks were recovered by the Police.
The convicts were on 29th June, 2017 arraigned on a 10-count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery, murder, illegal possession of firearms and others contrary to Section 6(b), 1(1) & (2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11 L.F.N, 2004, Section 319 of the Criminal Code Law Cap. 34 Laws of Osun State, 2002, and Section 3 of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11 L.F.N, 2004, respectively.
The prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice Barrister Biodun Badiora, in proof of the charge called five witnesses and tendered about 30 Exhibits.
The 1st Defendant Nuhu Jimoh testified in his own defence. While 2nd and 3rd defendant Ndubisi David and Adeibigbe Oluwaseun called 3 witnesses each including themselves.
Counsels to the convicts, Barrister Sunday Atofarati and Ajibade Omoyajowo pleaded with the Judge to temper justice with mercy.
The presiding judge, Justice Falola said that prosecution Counsel has proved his case beyond reasonable doubt and thereby found them guilty on charge preferred against them.
In his judgment, the judge sentenced them to death by hanging, and forfeited gun recovered from gang to the Nigeria Police and also forfeited money recovered to the Osun State Government.