4 men bag death sentence for stealing 'Okada'

A High Court sitting in Osun State has sentenced four men to death by hanging for stealing a commercial motorcycle also known as Okada.

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The four convicts, Joseph Moses, 24, Samuel Job, 19, Gideon Ode, 25, and Daniel Abraham, 24, were found guilty on a four-count charge of armed robbery and conspiracy by the presiding judge, Justice Olubunmi Ayoola.

Making her presentation, the prosecutor, Mrs. Abdulrahman Temitope told the court that the convicts committed the offence on October 14, 2013, at about 8 pm along the Kajola expressway in Osogbo.

Temitope narrated that the convicts conspired among themselves to rob one Abubakar Rauf of his motorcycle with registration number BDG 896 QB.

"The suspects conspired to attack the complainant with a knife and dangerous weapons before collecting his motorcycle.

They also injured the complainant and carted away his Bajaj motorcycle to their house before they were apprehended,” Temitope said, adding that the crime committed had been a serial occurrence within the vicinity which had led to the death and missing of some persons.

She added that the offences contravened Section 6 and are punishable under section 1 of the Robbery and Fire Arm (Special Provision) Cap R11, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

While delivering judgment, Justice Ayoola said the prosecution had proven its case beyond every reasonable doubt and sentenced the convicts to death due to the magnitude of their crime.

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