Court Sentences Man To Death By Hanging For Killing Ekiti Monarch

Justice Olukayode Ogundana of the Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado has sentenced 42-yr-old man, Stephen Omoniyi to death by hanging for killing a monarch.

Omoniyi was convicted for killing Oba Gbadebo Ibitoye Olowoselu ll, the Onise of Odo-Oro Ekiti, in August 2018 at Ikole Ekiti.

One of the chiefs who testified before the court said, “We were at the palace on that day for Onise in Council meeting. Around 7am, before the commencement of the meeting, Omoniyi Ademola Stephen 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 hiding and attacked Kabiyesi with a knife, stabbing him to death. Before that day, he had been parading himself as the king of the town,” the chief said.

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The state counsel, Adegboyega Morakinyo, called five witnesses and tendered a medical report, statements of the convict, a knife and rope, among others, as exhibits.

Omoniyi called no witness and spoke in his own defence through his counsel Tope Salami.

Dispelling the notion that the defendant is insane, Justice Olukayode Ogundana sentenced him to death by hanging.





Akinlade I. WAHAB is a dedicated journalist and the proprietor of I-WAHAB Media. He embarked on his career at Murhi International TV (MiTV) and subsequently joined Radio Nigeria as a Judicial Correspondent.With a profound interest in legal reporting, he currently holds the positions of Chairman at the National Association of Judicial Correspondents (NAJUC), Ikeja Branch, and Chairman at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), Radio Nigeria Chapel.As the owner of I-WAHAB Media, he has successfully established Top Court News, a platform renowned for providing comprehensive coverage of court cases and legal developments, with the aim of promoting transparency within the judicial system.Akinlade's diligent work and unwavering commitment to ethical reporting have earned him immense respect within the Nigerian journalism community.

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