An Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Ado Ekiti, has sentenced one Omoniyi Stephen to death by hanging for killing the Traditional Ruler of Odo Oro Ekiti, Oba Gbadebo Olowoselu, in Ikole Local Government Area, Ekiti State.
Ademola Omoniyi, 42, was arraigned on one count of murder, an offense contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap. C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.
“Ademola Stephen Omoniyi on August 20, 2018, at Odo Oro Ekiti in the Ikole Ekiti Judicial Division, murdered His Royal Majesty, Oba Gbadebo Ibitoye Olowoselu ll, the Onise of Odo Oro Ekiti in the Ikole Local Government Area of Ekiti State.”
The state counsel, Adegboyega Morakinyo, called five witnesses and tendered a medical report, statements of the convict, a knife, and a rope, among others, as exhibits to prove his case.
The convict, on the other hand, spoke through his counsel, Tope Salami, and called no witnesses.
A Chief who testified in court said; “We were at the palace on that day for the Onise-in-Council meeting around 7am. Before the commencement of the meeting, Ademola Omoniyi entered the palace and sat on kabiyesi’s seat, but the chiefs frowned at his action and drove him away.
“After the meeting, the late Onise, in the company of his male clerk, was trekking back to the main palace when Ademola came out of his hiding and attacked kabiyesi with a knife on the road and stabbed him to death. Before that day, he had been parading himself as the king of the town.”
“Consequently, the defendant, Omoniyi Ademola Stephen, is hereby sentenced to death and shall be hanged until he breathes his last,” Ogundana said.