Killer of Ekiti monarch sentenced to death

A 42-year-old man has been condemned to death by hanging for killing the Onise of Odo-Oro Ekiti in Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State, Oba Gbadebo Ibitoye Ogunsakin.

Omoniyi Ademola, the convicted murderer, stabbed the monarch to death on August 20, 2018, at Odo-Oro, Ekiti.

During the trial, one of the community’s chiefs testified, “We were at the palace on that day for an Onise Council meeting. Around 7 am, before the commencement of the meeting, Omoniyi Ademola Stephen entered the palace and sat on Kabiyesi’s seat, but the Chiefs frowned at his action and drove him away.”

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“After the meeting, late Onise, in the company of his male clerk, was trekking back to the main palace, Ademola came out of his hiding and attacked Kabiyesi with a knife on the road and stabbed him to death. Before that day, he had been parading himself as the king of the town.”

The convict testified for himself through lawyer Tope Salami and summoned no witnesses, while state counsel Adegboyega Morakinyo called five witnesses and produced a medical report, the convict’s comments, a knife, and rope as evidence.

Morakinyo said the offense “violates Section 316 and is punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap C16, Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012”.

In his ruling, Justice Olukayode Ogundana disproved the defendant’s insanity and sentenced him to death.

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“The defendant is hereby sentenced to death and shall be hanged until he breathes his last. May the good Lord have mercy upon his soul,” he pronounced.

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