Four people have been sentenced to death by hanging in Ekiti state over the murder of a 70-year-old pensioner, Samuel Oloyede. They are to die by hanging.

A High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Monday ruled they were responsible for the murder of Oloyede which took place on April 5, 2017 in Odo Owa Ekiti, Ijero Local Government Area of Ekiti State.

The four convicts are Rashidat Abdul (f) 37, Oluwatosin Akarakiri (m) 32, Abdulrasheed Mutairu (m) 22 and Iyoriochile Eromoina (f) 18

The Judge, Oluwatoyin Abodunde held that the prosecution has proved the case of murder against the convicts beyond reasonable doubt and ruled that the accused contravened Section 316 Criminal Code, Cap C 16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria 2012 and Section 301(2) (2) of Ekiti State Criminal Justice Law 2014.

β€œI am persuaded that in the instant case, prosecution has proved the ingredients of murder beyond reasonable doubt by convincing and compelling qualitative unbroken circumstantial evidence and I so hold.

β€œThe sentence of the court upon the four accused persons, is that you be hanged by the neck until you be dead and may God have mercy on your souls,” Justice Abodunde said.

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