Justice Ibrahim Yusuf of the Kwara State High Court sentenced two students, identified as Abdulazeez Ismail and Ajala Olawatimileyin, to death by hanging for the murder of Blessing Olajide, a 300-level undergraduate of the University of Ilorin.
Recall that Olajide was raped and murdered by the duo on June 2, 2021, at her sister’s residence in the Tanke area of Ilorin, Kwara State.
The court also sentenced another student, Oyeyemi Omogbolahan, to life imprisonment. Justice Yusuf condemned two siblings: Abdulkarim Shuaib (aka Easy) and Kareem Rasheed (Rashworld), to three years imprisonment each for withdrawing money from the Guarantee Trust Bank account of the deceased, a few days after her murder.
The court, however, discharged and acquitted three other accused persons: Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Adebayo (Bashman), and Akande Oladoja.
Justice Yusuf while delivering judgment on 11 counts of conspiracy, armed robbery, rape, culpable homicide and stealing of funds preferred against the eight accused persons, found three students guilty of conspiracy, rape, and murder of Oladije, while two other telephone repairers who assisted to unlock her telephone and assisted in the withdrawal of money from her account were convicted for conspiracy and stealing.
According to the judge, 13 people testified for the prosecution, while 16 witnesses including the accused persons, were asked to testify for the defendants, noting that the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt.
Justice Yusuf said, “While the prosecution established the ingredients of conspiracy and armed robbery against the first three accused persons, it proved beyond reasonable doubt that injury was inflicted on the deceased and she was raped to death.
“I direct that Abdulazeez Ismail and Ajala Moses Oluwatimileyin be hanged by the neck until they are pronounced dead.”
Salman Jawondo, the counsel to the prosecution and former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, said, “The irony of it all is that all those involved are young men of 19, 23, etc. It’s quite unfortunate. And that shows that we have to work on our future in this country.”
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