Man sentenced to death for robbing Policemen in Ekiti

21-year-old Abdulateef Babatunde, who robbed two policemen of their motorbikes at gunpoint, has been handed a death sentence by an Ekiti State High Court.

Man sentenced to death for robbing Policemen in Ekiti lailasnews

The suspect was found guilty of two count charge of armed robbery, preferred against him on his first arraignment on 26th October, 2017. Babatunde on 16th June, 2016 along NTA Road, Ado-Ekiti robbed one Sergeant Babatimilehin Kayode of his Bajaj motorcycle with registration number GED 550 Q. He also robbed one Sergeant Sheidu Ganiyu of his Bajaj motorcycle with registration number ADK 193 QH. His charge sheet disclosed that he committed the crime, armed with offensive weapons including a gun.

Testifying in court, Babatimilehin said the convict who asked for his okada ticket but was told that he was not a commercial motorcycle operator, brought out a locally made pistol pointed it at him and dispossessed him of the bike. He was however later arrested, after being given a hot chase by some okada riders and he (Babatunde) was taken to Okesa Police Station.

On his own part, Ganiyu said he gave the convict a ride on his motorcycle from Egbewa area heading to Abuja Quarters. According to him, the convict asked that he be dropped in a lonely place. The victim told the court that three men emerged from the bush in the area and pointed guns at him and all of them made away with his motorcycle.

Six witnesses and exhibits including the stolen motorcycle, statement of the convict and one locally made pistol were tendered in court against the suspect who did not call any witness.

Justice Omotoso who handed down the death sentence, said;

Finally, the accused Abdulateef Babatunde is hereby convicted of the offence of the armed robbery committed on 15/6/16 along NTA Road, Ado-Ekiti.

“The sentence of the court upon you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may God have mercy on your soul.”

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