A Lagos prince , Adewale Oyekan, has been sentenced to death by the Lagos State High Court in Ikeja for killing a 62-year – old businesswoman and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party , Alhaja Sikirat Ekun .
Adewale is the son of the late Oba of Lagos , Adeyinka Oyekan.
Adewale was sentenced alongside a domestic worker , Lateef Balogun , on Monday by Justice Raliat Adebiyi for strangling Ekun and throwing her corpse in a well .
Adewale and Balogun committed the offences around 1 am on October 1 , 2012 , at the deceased’ s home at No. 5 Babatunde Ladega Street , Omole Phase I .
Reports learnt that the deceased had employed Adewale as the manager of her restaurant , while Balogun was Ekun ’ s domestic worker .
However , Balogun’ s employment was terminated following a dispute with Ekun , which led to a conspiracy between the convicts.
It was gathered that the convicts killed the deceased , threw her corpse in a well in her compound and took over her business and properties , including a bus that was sold for N 170 , 000 .
The prosecutor , Akin George , had told the court that when an enquiry was made by Ekun ’ s family and friends about her whereabouts, Adewale informed them through a text message from the victim ’ s phone that she had travelled to Abuja for the Eid – el Kabir festival .
He noted that after an intensive search , her corpse was found two months later in December 2012 by well diggers and firefighters , adding that the convicts had placed a generator , gas cylinder and other household items on the corpse in the 1 , 000 feet well .
Delivering her judgment on Monday , Justice Adebiyi stated that the prosecution had proved the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder beyond reasonable doubt.
She said , “The circumstantial evidence was strong and cogent; the act of the defendants in killing the deceased was intentional and premeditated.
“ The court finds that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the offences of conspiracy and murder, and the defendants are accordingly found guilty of the two counts .
“ Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011 , stipulates the punishment for the offence of murder as follows : ‘ Subject to the provisions of any other law, a person who commits the offence of murder shall be sentenced to death ’ .
“ The same is the punishment for conspiracy to commit murder as contained in Section 231 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State , 2011 , and the above – cited provisions of the law do not give the court any discretion whatsoever in sentencing the defendants .
“ For this reason , the first and second defendants are hereby sentenced accordingly on each of counts one and two to death by hanging .
May God , the giver of life , have mercy on your souls . ”
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