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Court Sentences Couple to Death for Trader’s Murder

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By Tunde Oyekola in Osogbo
An Osun State High Court siting in Ile-Ife and presided over by Justice Adedotun Onibokun on Wednesday sentenced a couple, Mr. Fatai Jimoh and Lateefat Jimoh, to death by hanging for armed robbery and killing of one Mrs Bukola Taiwo, a palm oil trader at Ikeketu village in Ife South Local Government Area of the state.

The convicts were arraigned on 2nd of June, 2014, on three (3) counts charge Murder, Conspiracy to Murder and Armed Robbery respectively, which is contrary to Section (1) 316  and punishable under 319 Cap 34 Laws of Osun State and (6 b) and punishable under Section 1 (1) 2 (a) of the robbery and fire arms (special provision) Act, Cap R11 Law of federation of Nigeria 200.

The accused were alleged to have conspired together to rob and kill one Mrs Bukola Taiwo at Ikeketu Village via Garage Olode in Ife South Local Government Area on August 12, 2009.

The prosecution, Mr Moses Faremi, a princilpal state counsel in the Osun State Ministry of Justice said  Mr. Fatai Jimoh  who was the landlord of the house where the deceased trader used to lodge whenever she came for business from Ibadan  to buy  palm oil went into the room where she was sleeping and strangulated her while his wife, Lateefat Jimoh, used a sledge hammer to smash her forehead resulting in her death.

The prosecution also said the convicts untied and took away wallet tied to her waist, which contained the sum of N48,780.:00. which the deceased wanted to use to buy more gallons of palm oil in the surrounding villages

Mr Faremi called four witnesses who included a police inspector, a pathologist from the University College Hospital (UCH) Ibadan, and the Baale of Ikeketu and neighbours who witnessed the murder of the deceased.

However, the convicts in their confessional statement made to the police claimed they broke into the room where the deceased slept and kept some gallons of palm oil before they murdered her.

Justice Onibokun found them guilty on the two-count charge of murder and armed robbery and sentenced them to death by hanging.

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