An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Friday sentenced three men- Taiwo Hassan, 39; Henry Okeke, 30; and Oladimeji Olanrewaju, 27 to death by hanging for armed robbery.
Delivering the judgment, Justice Olusegun Ogunyemi, said the court found the convicts guilty of the two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.
“ I have carefully considered the evidences before this court by the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP), the prosecution and the defence counsel.
“ I hereby find the accused guilty of the charge of conspiracy and armed robbery as charged and hereby convict them thereof,” Ogunyemi said.
The prosecutor, Mr Oluwaseun Fasote, had earlier told the court that the men committed the offence on Dec.7, 2010, on Ado-Afao Road, Ekiti.
He said Hassan, Okeke and Olanrewaju robbed one Lateef Saka of his cell-phone, N360 as well as a Toyota Hummer bus marked XQ 987 BDG while armed with a gun.
Fasote said the offences contravened sections 6(B) and 1(2)(a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap R11 Volume 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
The first and third accused were represented by Mr Ebenezer Adedeji while the second had Mr Tosin Babalola as counsel.
All the accused persons had earlier pleaded not guilty when the charges were read to them.