Man sentenced to death for stealing motorcycle, phone, money

A High Court in Abeokuta on Monday sentenced Kola Akanji to death by hanging for armed robbery.

Mr. Akanji, whose address was not given, was found guilty of a two-count charge of conspiracy and armed robbery.

In his judgment, Abiodun Akinyemi, said the court was convinced beyond reasonable doubt that the accused committed the offence.

“According to Section 1(2) (a&b) and 6(b) of the Act, the punishment is death and the court has no discretion in the matter.

“Having found that the accused person is guilty as charged in both counts, I have no choice but impose on him the capital sentence as prescribed by the Law.

“You shall be hung by your neck until you are dead,” he said.

He held that the evidence presented by the prosecution was tenable and, therefore, sentenced the accused to death by hanging

The convict, had been standing trial since Dec 2010, when he was arrested and charged for robbing one Fashola Moses of his motorcycle, phone and money.

The accused was said to have inflicted grievous harm on Moses with a bottle during the robbery, which took place in Onigbedu area in Yewa North local government, Ogun State.

The prosecutor, O.S. Ogunbode, had during the trial told the court that the convict committed the offence on December 16, 2010 at about 7:00 p.m. at Onigbedu.

According to Mrs. Ogunbode, the convict and two others had boarded the motorcycle of their victim at Ijaka Isale in Yewa North and told him they were going to Ishaga Olowu.

“On their way, the accused switched off the ignition of the motorcycle. When the complainant came down to check what the problem was, the accused hit him on his head with a bottle and he fell down.

“Immediately, the convict and two others took the motorcycle phone, money and rode away. Unfortunately for them, they had an accident on their way, they abandoned the motorcycle and fled into the bush.

“The complainant recovered and pursued them with the help of another cyclist. They found his motorcycle at the scene of the accident.

“They went to the nearest village where the accident occurred and narrated what happened to the villagers.

“The villagers followed them to search the bush and caught the accused, while his accomplice escaped,” she said.



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  • Rommel

    What? death sentence for stealing,while looting of public funds is misdemeanor, this does not seem right to me

    • theRockies

      Well, I think the criminal code behind this was a carry-over from the 1980s which stipulated death penalty for armed robbery. I was living in Jos at the time, and recall the first person so executed was one Michael Zang who had robbed a small photo studio in Bukuru. He had a ‘pen-knife’ with him during the robbery, and it was determined the pen-knife was an ‘arm’. So he was executed by firing squad. In this case of a motorcycle thief, I think the decision is based on the fact he used a broken bottle to inflict harm on the victim, so the broken bottle is an ‘arm’.

  • Africa

    These Nigerian judges worry oh.. Death for stealing a motor cycle? Lol..EFCC should take note of this name (Abiodun Akinyemi) send all pending criminal cases to the judge.

  • Arkhuma

    I also think the headline is misleading. The crime involved was not only armed robbery but also attempted murder. I will not begrudge the judge for applying the rule book in this regard but I am also saddened that the crimes committed by hardened criminals, who parade themselves as our elites and leaders, go unpunished for stealing their way into our future. There’s really something wrong with our statutes in not recognising that corruption, in whatever guise, is now our present day challenge just as armed robbery was in the 80s. Thus, harsher punishment are needed to curb it such as this law the judge cited rather than a pat on the wrist being given to looters.

  • Rominiyis

    I dont read this type of judgement in other part of Nigeria where the highest number of killings has been occuring especially north and middle belt. Many of this judgements are common in the SW. Let the rest of Nigeria apply the law as well for us to have peace.