Ado Ekiti High Court sentenced Ademola Omoniyi, 42, to death by hanging on Thursday for murdering a traditional ruler.
Justice Olukayode Ogundana, who delivered the judgement, dispelled the notion that the convict was insane.
“This court sentences Ademola Omoniyi to death by hanging.
“May God have mercy on your soul,” the judge concluded.
The convict was charged with one count of murder in violation of Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of Ekiti’s Criminal Code, Cap C16, 2012.
Omoniyi murdered Oba Gbadebo Ibitoye Olowoselu ll, the Onise of Odo-Oro Ekiti in Ekiti’s Ikole Local Government Area, on Aug. 20, 2018 in Odo Oro Ekiti in the Ikole Ekiti Judicial Division.
According to one of the Chiefs who testified before the court, “on that day, we were at the palace for an Onise in Council meeting. Around 7 a.m., before the meeting began, Omoniyi entered the palace and sat in Kabiyesi’s seat, but the Chiefs frowned and drove him away.
“Immediately following the meeting, late Onise and his male clerk were attacked as they walked back to the main palace.
“After stabbing the victim with a knife, Omoniyi began posing as the town’s king.”
Adegboyega Morakinyo, the state counsel, called five witnesses and presented a medical report, the convict’s statements, and a knife as exhibits to prove his case.
The convict testified in his own defence via counsel Tope Salami and did not call any witnesses.
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