An Ikeja Special Offences Court yesterday sentenced to death, three men who kidnapped a Lagos monarch and killed his palace guard.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced Duba Fureso, Reuben Anthony and Yerin Fresh, who kidnapped the Oniba of Iba, Oba Oseni Goriola, murdered his 72-year-old palace guard, Mr Sunday Okanlawon, and attempted to murder the monarch’s wife, Bosede. The convicts also murdered a motorcyclist, Mr Joseph Okeke.
It was reports that Taiwo sentenced the convicts to death for murder, life sentence for attempted murder, and 21 years’ imprisonment for kidnap.
The judge also sentenced them to various prison terms for conspiracy to murder, conspiracy to commit armed robbery, an armed robbery that occurred when they kidnapped the royal father on July 16, 2016.
Taiwo said that the stiff sentences should serve as deterrent to others.
“The prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and established the ingredients of all the offences. I find the defendants guilty as charged.
“A clear message should be sent to kidnappers and murderers. Their victims and their families are usually very traumatised, and the families are usually asked to pay very high ransoms.
“For the offence of conspiracy to commit murder, the defendants are each sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment; the defendants are sentenced to death for the murder of Okanlawon and Okeke.
“For the offence of attempt to murder, the defendants are sentenced to life imprisonment – for the shooting Olori Bosede Goriola,’’
the judge held.
Taiwo also sentenced each of them to 10 years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to commit armed robbery.
“For the offence of armed robbery, the defendants are each sentenced to life imprisonment; for the offence of conspiracy to kidnap, each of the defendants is sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment.
The defendants are each sentenced to 21 years’ imprisonment for the offence of kidnapping. The sentences are to run concurrently.