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Man sentenced to death by hanging over death of best friend

The suspect, Adigun Oriyomi, had the sentence passed down by the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere.

The suspect, Adigun Oriyomi

News reports have revealed that a notorious gang leader and suspected serial killer, has been sentenced to death by hanging after killing his best friend in front of his 4-yr-old daughter.

The suspect, Adigun Oriyomi, had the sentence passed down by the Lagos State High Court sitting in Igbosere.

Oriyomi's sentencing by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo, followed his arraignment on multiple counts of murder.

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Oriyomi had been accused of killing his best friend, Femi Adekeye, in front of his four-year-old daughter.

PUNCH Metro reported the 2013 case after he had been arrested on September 9, 2013 and released under suspicious circumstances.

Oriyomi had been arraigned before the Ebute-Meta Magistrate’s Court where he confessed to being a member of the Black Axe Confraternity, owning up to four other murders between 2010 and 2013.

The case revealed that Oriyomi had led gunmen to Amodu Street, Mushin, where they had killed a pregnant woman, Musili Bello, her 12-year-old daughter, Suliat, and a motorcycle rider, Baba Monday.

The police revealed that the suspect had led a gang to Ewenla Street, Mushin, and killed another woman, 38-year-old Agbabiaka, her 4-month-old baby, Aishat, and another woman, Adeboye on February 10, 2014.

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In March 2014, the suspect had reportedly killed his best friend, Adekeye, in front of his 4-year-old daughter on February 12, 2014, at the his residence on Isa Street in Aboru, in the Ipaja area of Lagos State.

In April 2014, the police said the suspect again led a suspected team of cultists to Akala Street, Mushin, and killed one 26-year-old, Azeez.

PUNCH Metro reveals that Oriyomi had escaped all the murder charges, but his best friend's death, whom he killed in front of the daughter.

A police source revealed:

“The testimony of the little girl was what saved the case. After we could not establish the other murder charges due to absence of strong evidences, the small girl gave an eloquent testimony of how her father was killed in her presence. The judge tried to sway her by asking if the police prosecutor taught her what to say.

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“She said yes. The judge asked what she was taught to say. She said, ‘She said (the prosecutor) I should speak the truth.’

“She narrated how Adigun (Oriyomi) entered their room with a ‘big gun’ and her father begged him to kill only him and spare the lives of his children. She told the court that immediately he shot her dad dead, she quickly carried her baby sister and ran away from the room.”

The judge, brought an end to the case following the testimony of the five prosecution witnesses, including the the deceased’s wife on Monday.

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