Judge Lekan Ogunmoye of the Ekiti State High Court, seated in Ado Ekiti, sentenced Abdulsalam Adinoyi (35 years) to death by hanging.
In his judgment, Judge Ogunmoye said the prosecution proved his point beyond reasonable doubt against the accused, thus implying his guilt in all charges against him.
Adinoyi was indicted and sued on five counts involving armed robbery, murder, terrorism and illegal possession of firearms, contrary to sections 1 (2) (a) and 3 (1) of the Robbery Act and Firearms (Special Provisions) Cap C16, Nigerian Federation Laws, 2004, also Sections 316 of the Criminal Code Act, Cap C16, Ekiti State Laws, 2012 and Sections 11 and 12 of the State of Kidnapping and Terrorism Ekiti (Prohibition Act), 2015.
According to the indictment, Abdulsalam Adinoyi, originally from Okene in Kogi state, between 22 December 2016 and 20 March 2017 while armed with a pistol, attacked and robbed Sergeant Gana Jiya and other police officers at Check Point in Oye. Ekiti, assassinated Sergeant Gana Jiya on the spot while other police officers on duty sustained serious gunshot wounds and took away two AK-47 Assaulted Riffles, launched a terrorist attack on the people of Ekiti state and its surroundings, confessed to being a member of Boko Haram and illegally in possession of an AK-47 assault rifle among others.
“The decisive issues alone are consequently resolved in favor of the prosecution. The defendant is found guilty as accused, consequently he is sentenced to death by hanging in accounts 1, 2 and 3, may Almighty God have mercy on his soul. He is also sentenced to 20 years of imprisonment in count 4 and ten years of imprisonment in count 5 with N10,000.00 as a fine option, he concluded. “
In his confessional statement, Adinoyi said, members of his group named Abu Uwais and Aminu aka Idi-Amin, now at large, were planning an operation, when police officers came to his home, he was searched and the AK-47 assault rifle was recovered among other things.
To prove his case, the prosecutor, Gbemiga Adaramola called five witnesses including police officers who were at the scene as the exhibits offered included an AK-47 assault rifle, defendants ‘and victims’ statements, photographs, compact discs containing Boko Haram workouts, 5 Sim Cards and packs, flash drives, empty bullets, medical reports among others.
The defendant spoke in his defense through his lawyer and did not call witnesses.
Source: – Daily post