Two kidnappers, Kola Makinde, 41, and Haruna Bika, 30, have been sentenced to death by hanging by an Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti.
The two men, who were charged with six offenses that included conspiracy, robbery, rape, and kidnapping, were also given a life sentence by the court.
According to the charges, while armed with a cutlass and a gun, the two criminals were allegedly robbing two men of their phones and another of his N31,000 on October 6, 2021, at Idi Mango Camp, Ilasa Ekiti.
Additionally, it was revealed that they “kidnapped one Adejuwon Daramola on the same date and location and raped the teenage mother of a five-month-old infant.”
One of the victims, who claimed to have been awakened by a bang on his door and forced at gunpoint to open the door, said in his statement to the police that, “When they entered, they beat my wife and I with their cutlass; they took away the N31,000 I collected from a business centre in the afternoon.
“Thereafter, they took my daughter outside with the intention of raping her, but she resisted, following which they ordered her to sit with those already captured outside. They kidnapped Adejuwon and later demanded a N5m ransom,” he added.
The 19-year-old mother said she had wanted to escape following shouts in the neighbourhood.
“But before I knew it, they entered our house; they asked of my neighbour and I told them that I did not see him. They collected my baby from me, removed my pants and had sex with me.
“They were later arrested by the vigilantes in the community. They were recognised and identified by the fez cap forgotten at one of the crime scenes,” she added.
The two men were found guilty of conspiracy, kidnapping, and armed robbery and sentenced accordingly by Justice Olalekan Olatawura.
Source: The Punch Metro.