A High Court in Ibadan, Oyo state has reportedly handed a bizarre court judgement when it sentenced four men accused of stealing a mobile phone to death.
Oyo state High Court, Iyaganju, has reportedly sentenced four men to death by hanging for stealing a phone valued at N10,000.
Punch reports that the judgement was handed to the convicted suspects by Justice Rayo Taiwo on Friday, March 17.
The four suspects accused of armed robbery are Alaba Akinola (30) Sarafa Babalola (25) Sola Kolawole (27) and Ibrahim Gbedeogun (28).
The state counsel, Mr I. O Mojoyinola, said the defendants committed the crime on July 19, 2011, at Ayekale, Ibadan at about midnight.
Mojoyinola said the defendants robbed their victim of a cell phone valued N10, 000 on Oct. 16, 2011, at Gangansi at about 4.30 a.m. with guns and cutlasses.
The offence contravened section 1 (2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provision) Act, Cap.RII Vol.14 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 2004.
Another suspect who was accused of the murder one Asuma Garuba (30) who was accused of the murder of one Rasaki Ayomo on Sept. 12, 2012 was also sentenced to death.
Principal state counsel, Mr O. S. Tella had told the court that Garuba killed Ayomo when he was about to buy bean cake at about 8.30p.m. at Oke-Are, Ijaye Moniya, Ibadan.
“Garuba suddenly appeared and attacked Ayomo with a cutlass, leading to his death three days later at the hospital due to injuries sustained in the incident.’’
Meanwhile, a Nigerian man, Akintunde Vincent Abiodun has been sentenced to 6 years in prison for internet scam of over N7.8 million.
Abiodun, who preferred to use the name: ‘Christopher Williams’, got the ruling from the Justice Oluwatoyin Ipaye of the Lagos state High Court, Ikeja.
The 37-year-old convict was arraigned on January 23, 2017 on an amended 12-count charge of stealing and forgery to the tune of N7, 806, 093.00.