Three of the eight accused persons who allegedly raped and murdered a 24-year-old 300 level University of Ilorin student, Olajide Blessing Omowumi on June 2, 2021 have been convicted and sentenced to death by hanging.
The accused were brought before the court by the Kwara State government in suit No KWS/33c/c/2021 on 11-count charge bordering on armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and rape.
In his judgement, Justice Ibrahim Adebayo Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court, Ilorin, said the three convicts were found guilty of culpable homicide punishable with death, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to murder.
The prosecution counsel and former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Salman Jawondo, who spoke with journalists after the court session said, there is no discretion for the court to exercise by virtue of provision of the armed robbery Act, it’s death.
“So also by virtue of section 221 of the penal code, it is death sentence for culpable homicide. So, they were accordingly sentenced to death”, he said.
Jawondo explained that the third defendant, who was also convicted of rape was sentenced to life imprisonment, adding that it was neither here nor there.
“When somebody is condemned, the life imprisonment does not ameliorate anything”, he said the fourth and fifth defendants, were found guilty of conspiracy to steal money from the bank account of the deceased.
After killing her, they took her ATM card, SIM card and phone.
They changed her password, through instrumentality of the fourth and fifth defendants, who are experts in computer manipulation, and collected some money through transfer, totalling about N149,000.
The former Attorney General maintained that they were accordingly sentenced to three years imprisonment to run concurrently.
Jawondo said the other three: sixth, seventh and eighth escaped by the whiskers, as they only assisted to dispose of property stolen.
Those convicted and sentenced to death by hanging are; Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Moses Oluwatimileyin (aka Jacklord), while Oyeyemi Timileyin Omogbolahan bags life improvement.
Reporting by Ali Rabiu; Editing by Chinasa Ossai and Muzha Kucha