Crime Watch

Court sentences farmer to 21 years in jail for armed robbery

A middle-aged farmer, Gbenga Akintola has been convicted and sentenced to 21 years imprisonment for robbery in Ondo state.

A High Court sitting in Akure, Ondo found him guilty after he was arraigned on a five-count charge of conspiracy to commit a felony, including armed robbery.

The convict, from Ondo East Local Council Area of the state, was said to have robbed his victim, Chidinma, of her Itel phone valued at N20,000 and the sum of N150 in her bag, and one Rufus Rhoda of her Tecno phone valued at N6,500 and another Techo K-7 phone valued at N35,000 and the sum of N4,500.

Akintola and another person still at large committed the crime between August and October 2021, around Oke-Olifi via Itanla Junction, Ondo town, according to the charge sheet.

He was said to have also robbed another victim, Ayodeji Oluwayemisi, of her bag, an iPhone valued at N45,00, and N2,800 while armed with a cutlass and other offensive weapons.

The prosecutor, Inspector Alako Abdulahi, told the court that operatives of Amotekun Corps brought the defendant to the police station on October 19, 2021, after he was arrested with four mobile phones, a motorcycle, a bag, and a small purse, which had all been recovered from him.

Abdullahi added that the defendant stated that the items found on him were handed to him by a man called Sunday Igbo.

However, while testifying before the court, one of the victims, Rufus Rhoda stated that she and Chidinma were on their way to church when the defendant came out of the bush, masked with a cap and armed with a cutlass.

Delivering judgement, Justice W. R. Olamide sentenced the defendant to seven years imprisonment for conspiracy and 21 years imprisonment for robbery, which will run concurrently.