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Dismissed Soldier Sentenced To Death by Hanging Over Armed Robbery

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Damilola Olasoji, a dismissed former operative of the Nigerian Army has been sentenced to death by an Ado Ekiti High Court.

Olasoji, was sentenced to death by Hanging alongside 32-year-old Koiki Benson on Monday over armed robbery.

According to the police, Olasoji, Benson, and Ogbesetuyi Tunde, 30, on March 10, 2016, conspired and robbed Oluwadare Adebayo at a Filling Station in Odo-Ado, Ado Ekiti, and made away with the sum of N1.2million.

Delivering judgment, Lekan Ogunmoye held that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the elements of the offense of conspiracy, attempted robbery, and armed robbery against the convicts.

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The judge, however, sentenced Mr Tunde to life imprisonment.

“In all, the sole issue for determination is resolved in favour of the prosecution. In count two, case of armed robbery, Olasoji and Benson are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May God almighty have mercy upon your souls.”

The police said the offense contravenes the provisions of sections 6(b) and 1 (2) (a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. RII, Vol.14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.

The victim, Mr Adebayo while giving his testimony, told the court that at about 6:30 p.m of that faithful day, the convicts visited his fuel station pretending to be customers.

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He said;
”They forced their way into the station’s bulk room and slapped me around, hitting me from time to time with the gun butt,”

To prove his case, the prosecution counsel, Olawale Fapohunda, called two witnesses and tendered wallet, two passport photographs, Army Identity card and photocopy, statements of the defendants, among others, as exhibits.

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