18 June 2012

Nigeria: Supreme Court Re-Affirms Death Sentence Over N14 Million Bank Robbery

The Supreme Court has re-affirmed the death sentence passed on two members of a robbery gang that robbed Gateway Bank, Ijebu-Ode branch in Ogun State and carted away N14 million in February 2008.

The duo Ore-Ofe Adesina (aka Alhaji) and Rashidi Olawale (aka Emeka) had appealed against the decisions of both the High Court of Ogun State, Ijebu Ode division and the Court of Appeal, Ibadan which affirmed the death sentence.

The robbers were arrested by a police patrol team a day after the robbery with two "Ghana must go" bags containing N3. 7 million in different denominations and wrapped in Gateway Bank currency wrappers after their vehicle was involved in an accident along the Lagos-Benin Expressway.

Justice Olufunlola Adekeye in the lead judgment held that the apex court cannot set aside the concurrent findings of fact of the two courts.

"We have before us in this appeal the concurrent findings of fact of two lower courts which we have no legally justifiable reason to set aside. I therefore dismiss this appeal for lacking in substance and merit. I affirm the conviction and sentence of the appellants by the two lower courts," Justice Adekeye held.

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