37 year old man sentence to death by hanging for murder in Osun state


An Osun State High Court sitting in Ile- Ife on Tuesday sentenced a 37- year – old man , Oluleke Ogunyemi , to death by hanging for murder.

The accused had been arraigned before the court on March 6 , 2013 , for killing one Moshood Babalola.

He was charged with conspiracy and murder.

The offences are punishable under sections 319 and 324 of the Criminal Code Cap . 34 , Laws of Osun State.

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According to details before the court, the accused, at Iredunmi area , Ile- Ife , around 10 am on February 17 , 2010 , killed Babalola after cutting off his head with a knife.

The deceased ’ s father , Sikiru Babalola, reported the incident at the More Police Station , Ile -Ife .

In the course of the trial , the prosecution counsel from the state ’ s Ministry of Justice , Mr Tijani Adekilekun, called five witnesses .

Testifying before the court, a prosecution witness, Inspector Rasheedat Olanrewaju , said she and two police operatives visited Agbedegbede area of Ife , where the accused used to reside .

She said the team , while searching the house of the accused, found the victim ’ s decomposing body .

Olanrewaju added that the accused in his statement to the police confessed that he killed Babalola for ritual purposes .

In his judgement , Justice Adedotun Onibokun found the accused guilty of the charges .

He subsequently sentenced him to death by hanging .

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