A man condemned to death by hanging for armed robbery
Charles Nwoke, Nigeria
February 3, 2021
A 33-year-old man, Ibrahim Toyin, was on Wednesday sentenced to death by hanging in Abeokuta High Court for robbing a woman of her handbag at gunpoint.
While delivering her judgment, Justice Ayokunle Rotimi-Balogun held that all the evidence tendered before the court had convinced her beyond a reasonable doubt that Ibrahim is as guilty as charged, that he committed the offenses he was charged for.
The police had earlier during the trial, labeled two counts charges bordering on conspiracy and armed robbery against Ibrahim.
However, Ibrahim pleaded not guilty to the offenses when he was initially arraigned in the High Court of law.
At the trial, Margret Sodeke, the Prosecution Counsel, had informed the honorable court that Ibrahim committed the offenses on August 26, 2012, at about 10:00 p.m., at Powerline junction, Sabo axis of Sagamu in Ogun State.
The Prosecution Counsel told the court that Ibrahim and others still at large conspired and robbed one Titilayo Eniola of her handbag containing some valuable items.
She explained that when the plaintiff was coming from her shop at around 10:00 p.m., on the said date, Ibrahim with other culprits now at large obstructed her movement and pointed a locally-made pistol at her.
Sodeke explained that Ibrahim made away with the plaintiff’s handbag containing: N15, 000 cash, ATM cards, a Holy Bible, and other valuable items.
She disclosed that Ibrahim was apprehended by some members of the Oodua People’s Congress (OPC) at the scene of the crime.
The Prosecution Counsel added that the accused was found with a locally-made gun and two cartridges.
However, Sodeke, revealed that the offenses contravened Sections 6(b) and 1(2)( a) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. Rll, Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 2004.
Therefore, she prayed to the honorable court to punish the offender under the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution.