Killers of UniIlorin Student To Death By Hanging

Justice Ibrahim Yusuf if the Kwara State High Court sitting in Ilorin has convicted and sentenced killers of Olajide Omowumi, a 300 level student of the University of Ilorin, Uni-Ilorin, to death by hanging.

Justice Yusuf handed down the verdict after he found Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Oluwatimileyin and Oyeyemi Omogbolahan guilty of the offences of culpable homicide and armed robbery.

Omowumi, who would had turned 26 years this year, was raped and murdered in a brutal and cold-blooded manner by the condemned convicts on June 2, 2021.

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The prosecution had told the court that the convicts had raped the deceased to death at her guardian’s residence in Tanke area of Ilorin, and a piece of paper was dropped on her chest with message containing: ‘No forgiveness for Unilorin student’.

The convicts conspired among themselves to rob the deceased of her shopping mode Samsung Galaxy A2 Core handset, one black Acer Aspire laptop and one shopping mode Samsung drive, among several other items.

The killers were tried on 11-count charge bordering on murder, rape, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms, among others.

In his judgment, Justice Yusuf held, “I direct you Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Oluwatimileyin and Oyeyemi Omogbolahan, should be hanged by the neck until you’re pronounced dead.”

In the 165 pages judgment, which was delivered for four hours, the court also sentenced the 4th and 5th suspects to three years imprisonment for the offence of theft.

Earlier, the court has discharged and acquitted the 6th, 7th and 8th defendants; Abdul-lateef Abdulrahman, Daud Aderayo and Akande Oladoja on the basis that they were not found guilty of any charges against them.

According to the judgment, the lifeless body of the deceased was found in the afternoon time of the day with bruises all over her body, her hands tied to the back, and a towel covering her face.

The judge added that the conventional statement which could be relied upon on the basis of law, revealed that the deceased struggled with the killers until she was pushed and fell, while the 1st and 3rd convicts held her down for the 2nd convict to perpetrate the henieus crime of rape.

17th April 2024
Nigerian Pantagraph