Lagos Driver Sentenced to Death for Armed Robbery

An Ikeja High Court on Wednesday sentenced a driver, Monsuru Ayoola, to death for robbery.

Justice Raliat Adebiyi found him guilty of robbing his former employer, Mr Lanre Alabi, in 2015 with a toy gun and machete for allegedly owing him his salary.

Delivering the ruling the judge said: “The defendant is found guilty of a one-count charge of armed robbery.

“The punishment for the offence is a strict and a mandatory one and for this reason, the allocutus of the defence counsel cannot apply.

“The defendant is hereby sentenced to death pursuant to Section 295 of the Criminal Law of Lagos, 2011.”

She, however, discharged Ayoola of a two-count charge of armed robbery and inflicting injury for insufficient evidence.

Justice Adebiyi held: “Oluwasegun Badia, the alleged second victim was not produced in court and no evidence about the alleged armed robbery was given in court.

“On count three which is the charge of inflicting injury, the court finds that the prosecution was unable to produce in court, proof of the injury as well as the alleged victim (Badia).”

Ayoola, of 153, Adeniyi Adeniji Street, Lagos Island, was arraigned on March 14, 2016.

He pleaded not guilty to the three-count charge of armed robbery and inflicting injury, offences he purportedly committed at midnight on October 11, 2014 at 16, Yeye Olofin Street, Lekki Phase 1, Lagos.

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