Nigerian court sentences 21-year-old man to death for robbery

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A 21-year-old Nigerian man has been sentenced to death for armed robbery by a High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti.

The Guardian Nigeria reported on Monday that Isa Abdulkareem was to be hanged for robbing two people of money and cellphones.

While handing down the sentence, it was reported that Justice Oluwatoyin Abodu said, “I found the defendant guilty and he is sentenced to death by hanging. May the Lord have mercy on his soul”.

The publication said that the prosecutor, Gbemiga Adaramola, told the court that Abdulkareem was armed with a gun and cutlass when he robbed his victims. According to the report, he robbed one person of more than R 3100 and the other one a little over R 4700.

“The robbery operation took place at Oke-Ureje, along Igirigiri Road, Ado Ekiti. The defendant was arrested by the community members during a combined vigilante exercise. On interrogation, he confessed to committing the crime and took security agents to their hideout where they met gang members and kept their weapons,” the prosecutor was quoted saying.

“Exhibits recovered at the hideout include four dane guns and toy guns, locally-made pistols, four Nokia phones, four techno phones, masks, cutlasses, charms, an axe, victim’s wife headgear used to wrap the money, expended cartridges, knives, pellets, cash sum of R 428.48 among others.”

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