An Ekiti State Supreme Court, which was in Ado Ekiti, sentenced two men and two women to death by hanging after being convicted of murder.
The condemned are Rashidat Abdul (f) 37, Oluwatosin Akarakiri (m) 32, Abdulrasheed Mutairu (m) 22 and Iyoriochile Eromoina (f) 18 to death by hanging.
The quartet will pay the ultimate price for the illegal murder of a 70-year-old mother, Samuel Oloyede, on April 5, 2017 in Odo Owa Ekiti, Ijero local government area of Ekiti state.
Judge Oluwatoyin Abodunde argued that the prosecution has proven the murder case against the convicts beyond reasonable doubt.
The judge ruled that those convicted of killing the deceased violated the Penal Code of Section 316, Chapter C 16, the Ekiti State Laws of Nigeria 2012 and Section 301 (2) (2) of the Criminal Justice Act of Ekiti State 2014.
Judge Abodunde argued: “I am convinced that in the current case, the prosecution has demonstrated the ingredients of the murder beyond reasonable doubt by convincing and convincing qualitative uninterrupted circumstantial evidence and I support it.
“The court ruling on the four defendants is to have them hung around your neck until you are dead and God have mercy on your souls.”
They were first prosecuted on February 12, 2018 when the charge was read and interpreted, but they pleaded not guilty.
According to witnesses, the deceased was a pensioner who operated a brothel in his personal home as a means of living where all the accused persons also lived.
There was a misunderstanding between the deceased and the accused about the payments and the sharing formula.
They also testified that the defendants left the facilities where the disappeared disappeared lived and then found their body on the fourth day under the pile of cloths with their hands tied.
The matter was reported at the palace and then at the Ijero police station.
To prove his case, the prosecutor, Oluwatoyin Marcus, called 12 witnesses, including the investigating police officer (IPO) and medical personnel who conducted a post-mortem examination of the cause of death of the deceased.
The evidence presented included statements by the accused, statements by witnesses, photographs of the body of the deceased and a medical report.
The defendants spoke in their own defense through their attorney, Chris Omokhafe, and did not call any witnesses throughout the trial.