Two brothers in tears after being sentenced to life imprisonment for armed robbery in Lagos
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of an Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a domestic worker, Genesis Ezebong, his brother, Micheal, and one Ikade Moses, to life imprisonment for armed robbery in the Palm Groove area of Lagos State.
The convicts were arraigned on December 18, 2020, while the trial commenced on January 11, 2022. The prosecution counsel, Omowumi Bajulaye, during the arraignment of the convicts, had told the court that they committed the offense of conspiracy and armed robbery on January 13, 2019, at No 222 Ikorodu Road, Palm Groove, Lagos.
She said that the trio while armed with a cutlass, shovel, and other dangerous weapons, robbed Daniel of one Compact Laptop, one Apple laptop, gold and costumes, pieces of jewelry, Blackberry phones, one digital camera, soccer shoes, and two other phones belonging to one Titilope Akeredolu.
The prosecution, during the trial, called three witnesses and tendered documents such as the defendants’ statements which were admitted as exhibits.
The witnesses who had testified before the court included Inspector Okunade Olumuyiwa, Titilope Akeredolu an Investigative Police officer, and Inspector Olawale Oni. They had narrated to the court how Akeredolu’s domestic worker conspired with others, who were armed with dangerous weapons, broke into his boss’s house with his gang after he had left for the church, and locked the security man as well as other occupants in the toilet.
Akeredolu said after she went to church on Sunday morning, she received a call from her security man who told her that the first convict, Genesis Ezebong, her domestic staff, broke into her apartment with a cutlass and stole her things.
The judge held that the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt, the circumstantial evidence against the defendants while sentencing them.