Ebenezer Olorunleke, a 24 years old man, has been sentenced to death by an Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti for killing his brother, Sunday.
Olorunleke, an indigene of Kogi State, and others had on August 29, 2019 at Abe Cocoa Area, Housing Estate, Oke-Ila Ado Ekiti, conspired to rob his brother, Sunday, of his Bajaj motorcycle with registration number ADK 100 UJ and N40,000.
The suspect, who was armed with a knife at the time of the robbery, murdered his brother.
He was consequently arraigned and tried on three count charge of conspiracy, armed robbery and murder contrary to Sections 6(b), 1(2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap R11, Vol. 14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004, also Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 (1) of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State 2012.
One of the witnesses, who testified before the court said, “I went to his house to inform him of his brother’s death. He told me that he was attacked by armed robbers when I saw wounds all over his body. It was at that moment that I suspected him for lack of coordination in his explanation.
“The matter was later reported at Ologede Police Station, Ado Ekiti. When the police arrived, it was discovered that he had sold all his properties and was about to escape with his brother’s motorcycle before he was arrested. He confessed to have murdered his brother.”
The prosecutor, Gbemiga Adaramola, called five witnesses to prove his case and tendered the defendant’s confessional statements, photographs of the deceased and medical report, among others as exhibits.
The defendant spoke through his counsel and called no witness.
In the court verdict, Justice Bamidele Omotoso found Olorunleke guilty, saying, “The prosecution has discharged the burden on Ebenezer Olorunleke and established beyond reasonable doubt the offence of conspiracy, armed robbery and murder against him.
“The defendant is guilty as charged. The sentence of the court upon you is that you will be hanged by neck until you are dead.”