By Yetunde Oladejo, Osogbo
An Osun State High Court sitting in Osogbo on Monday sentenced the killers of a 400-level student of Microbiology Department of the Osun State University, Timileyin Sonibare, to death.
AbdulRafiu Zakariyahu and his accomplices- Yusuf Kareem, Ayuba Ibrahim, Isiaq Yusuf and AbdulKareem Adeoti were arraigned in court in connection with the killing of the student on June 26, 2017 at Oke Baale area, Osogbo.
The accused were arraigned on three count charges of conspiracy, murder and misconduct with the corpse of the deceased.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges of the offences purportedly committed.
According to the state prosecution, the offence committed contravened provisions of Sections 516, 319(1) and 519 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol 11, laws of Osun State, 2002.
Delivering the judgment on Monday, Justice Kudirat Akano held that with the totality of evidence and statement of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd accused persons, Zakariyahu, Kareem and Ibrahim, caused the death of the deceased.
Justice Akano held that the 1st convict had admitted in his confessional statement that he killed Timileyin, while the prosecution has proved the case against the 2nd and 3rd as accomplices in the killing.
The court said there was no cogent evidence before the court that the fourth and fifth accused, Yusuf and Adeoti, were involved in the killing of the undergraduate.
The court, however, convicted the 5th accused, Adeoti, for aiding the escape of one Yahya, who is now at large, saying “the 5th accused is the godfather of the criminal.
“He did not make effort to report to the police after five days he was aware of the killing. He assisted Yahya to escape,” the court held.
Meanwhile, the court discharged the 4th accused, who is the leader of Jafariyah, Yusuf, saying there was no evidence against him before the court.
Counsel to the 1st convict, A. A. Alayoku, prayed the court to temper justice with mercy on his client, saying he is a first offender and very young. He said the convict has learnt his lesson since he was in prison.