Nigerian court sentences 3 Kidnappers of Lagos monarch to death
London, Nov. 14, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Three kidnappers who forcibly abduct a Lagos monarch, the Oniba of Iba, Oba Yushau Goriola Oseni in 2016, and cause the death of two people in the process have been sentenced to death by the Special Offences Court in Ikeja, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria.
The convicts had on July 16, 2016, kidnapped the monarch at his palace.
In a landmark ruling presided over by Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court in Ikeja on Wednesday, and handed down in an hour long proceedings, the trial judge found all the accused guilty of all the charges brought against them.
The defendants were charged with the offences of conspiracy, murder, attempted murder, armed robbery and kidnapping contrary to sections 223, 230, 233, 271 (3), 297 (2)and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The kidnappers are, Duba Furejo, alias General Cuba, (who is now paralyzed), Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh.
The Prosecution team led by Solicitor General/Permanent Secretary Ministry of Justice, Ms Titilayo Shitta-Bey presented seven witnesses and tendered 13 exhibits which were admitted by the court.
Ms Shitta- Bey argued that maximum sentence commensurate to the offence should be given. She explained, “A heinous crime of kidnapping does not only terrorize the victims, but also the society, as nobody is safe. Consequently a statement should be made that Lagos State has zero tolerance for kidnapping, murder and armed robbery.”
The trial judge said she agreed with the position of the prosecutor and found all the convicts guilty of the charges brought against them.
According to her, “I believe the offence of conspiracy, attempted murder, armed robbery and kidnapping levelled against the accused. I therefore find them guilty as charged. This is the judgement of the court,” he said.
She gave the orders thus; “For causing the death of Sunday Okanlawon and Joseph Okeke, a security guard, you are sentenced to death. I hereby sentence the offenders to life imprisonment for shooting Olori Abosede Goriola in the abdomen. Conspiracy to murder; 10 years. Conspiracy to commit kidnap; 10 years. Armed robbery; life imprisonment. Kidnapping; 21 years imprisonment.”
“This is the ruling of the court, sentence to run concurrently,” she said