3 To Die By Hanging Over Osun Bank Robbery

An Osun State High Court sitting in Ikirun on Thursday sentenced three convicted armed robbers to death by hanging.

The Convicts are Nuhu Jimoh, Ndubisi David and Aderibigbe Oluwaseun.

The convicted persons were on 29th June, 2017 arraigned on a ten-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.

The offences also violated 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.

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The prosecution Counsel from the Ministry of Justice, Barrister Biodun Badiora called five witnesses and tendered about 30 Exhibits in the course of the trial.

The first Defendant Nuhu Jimoh testified in his own defence. While second and third defendant Ndubisi David and Aderibigbe Oluwaseun called three witnesses each.

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 with gang running in different directions.

Investigations revealed that seven members of the armed gang were killed by Police at the scene of crime while some others escaped with gunshots injuries.

Seven assorted ammunitions included AK-47 gun Israeli and Russia made were brought to the scene by the armed gang and a cash sum of #7,486,300.00k (Seven Million, Four Hundred and Eighty Six Thousand, Three Hundred Naira) taken from the banks were recovered by the Police.

The Convicts standing trial were arrested in connection with the said Bank robbery which forced all the Banks to close their branches from operation in Ikirun till date.

The presiding judge, Justice Jide Falola said that prosecution Counsel proved his case beyond reasonable doubt and found them guilty on the charges preferred against them

Counsels to the convicts, Barrister Sunday Atofarati and Ajibade Omoyajowo pleaded with the Judge to temper justice with mercy.

In his judgement, Justice Falola sentenced them to death by hanging, and ordered the forfeiture of the guns recovered from the gang to the Nigeria Police and they are also to forfeit money recovered to the Osun State Government.

15th April 2024
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