Justice Kudirat Jose of the IkejaHigh Court has sentenced 3 boys- 2 brothers and the son of a traditional ruler to death by hanging for killing one Suleiman Afolabi on December 25, 2012.
According to the Vanguard, the convicts, Shola and Kayode Oni, Ibrahim Omilade were found guilty of killing Afolabi during a brawl on Christmas day of 2012.
During the trial, the convicts told the court that thought the matter was a minor one, until some days later when they learnt Afolabi was dead. They said they were invited by a neighbour to celebrate the Christmas. They said a young boy came in and informed them that the deceased brother, Akeem Afolabi, had threatened to deal with them. They claimed that they went to inquire what could have led to the threat, but that Akeem ordered them out in a rudely. He was alleged to have immediately entered his apartment and came out with a cutlass to attack them, an attempt, they said one of them blocked with his hand and got injured. The convicts further narrated to the court during their trial that it was while they were trying to escape that Suleiman, a younger brother to Akeem, was hit on the waist with the cutlass.
Justice Jose ruled: “I pronounce the defendants guilty in respect of the charge of murder and conspiracy. They shall be sentenced to death, hanged by the neck until they are dead.” Justice Ajose cautioned youths to learn from the convicts’ fate, noting that youths should be careful in settling scores.