Court Sentence Son of Lagos Traditional Ruler, 2 Siblings To Death By Hanging

Justice Kudirat Jose of the Ikeja High Court have sentenced two brothers of the same parents, Shola Oni and Kayode Oni as well as the son of a traditional ruler in Oshodi Lagos State, Ibrahim Omilade, to death by hanging for committing murder in December 2012.

The court yesterday heard how the trio on December 25th 2012 killed one Suleiman Afolabi during a fight at Eyin Ogun Street, Mafoluku, Oshodi, where they lived. The three men had attacked the victim with a machete, causing him to bleed to death.

Justice Jose while delivering judgement said “I pronounce the defendants guilty as charged in respect of the offence of murder and conspiracy and are hereby sentenced to death by hanging by the neck until their death.”

The journey to the gallows for the convicts began on December 25, 2012 during a fight at the deceased’s house, when according to the defendants they were invited by a neighbour to celebrate the Christmas.

They said a young boy came in and informed them that the deceased brother, Akeem Afolabi, had threatened to deal with them. They claimed that they went to inquire what could have led to the threat, but that Akeem ordered them out in a rudely.

He was alleged to have immediately entered his apartment and came out with a cutlass to attack them, an attempt, they said one of them blocked with his hand and got injured.

The convicts further narrated to the court during their trial that it was while they were trying to escape that Suleiman, a younger brother to Akeem, was hit on the waist with the cutlass.

They told the court that, they even thought the matter was a minor one until they got to know some days later that a doctor had pronounced the deceased dead.

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