Ondo court sentences seven to death by handing
A high court sitting in Akure the Ondo state capital has sentenced seven young men to death by hanging for killing an American based man, Banji Adafin.
In one of their operations, the armed robbers invaded the residence of One Banji Adafin along Akure\Owo expressway who recently travelled back from an overseas trip and killed him in cold blood in the presence of his wife and cart away their properties.
Delivering the judgement that lasted four hours, the presiding judge, Justice Samuel Bola held that the prosecuting counsel and officials of the Department of state services, (DSS) had proved beyond reasonable doubt that the seven young men robbed and used gun to kill the U.S deceased Banji Adafin at his home on Owo expressway in Akure on 4th of July last year when he came to Nigeria for a vacation.
Justice Bola said the offenders committed the offences in contrary to the robbery and firearms Act, laws of the federation (2004) and the criminal Code, laws of Ondo state (2006).
The Court also sentenced to one-year imprisonment, the eighth offender, Damilola Samuel who was the girlfriend of one of the convicts for allegedly aiding and keeping incriminating materials.
Reports by Lebi Joseph