The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has sentenced a Lagos prince, Adewale Oyekan, and one Lateef Balogun to death.
The 50-year-old prince and his 27-year-old accomplice who is a former domestic staff were sentenced on Monday for killing one Sikirat Ekun, a 62-year-old businesswoman and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Adewale is the son of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, the Oba of Lagos who passed away on March 1, 2003.
He hired Balogun for N6,000 to murder Ekun.
The convicts who have been in custody for seven-years murdered Ekun by strangling her and throwing her corpse into a 1,000-feet well located in her home.
While convicting and sentencing the defendants in a two-hour judgement, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi said that the prosecution had proved the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder beyond a reasonable doubt.
“The circumstantial evidence was strong and cogent; the act of the defendants in killing the deceased was intentional and premeditated,” she held.
The judge added, “The court finds that the prosecution has proved beyond reasonable doubt the offence of conspiracy and murder and are accordingly found guilty of the two-count charge.
Justice Adebiyi noted that the provisions of the law she cited do not give the court any discretion whatsoever in sentencing the defendants.
Howevr, Oyeekan and Balogun testified in their defence, as both denied knowing each other, noting that they met for the first time at the police station, hence they did not commit the offence.
Oyekan, in his evidence, said he met Ekun who was a friend of his mother at a PDP rally in 2011 after he had returned from the United States of America where he obtained a degree in architecture.
He said he met the deceased thereafter at her home where she offered to assist him by employing him to manage her restaurant.
Before the sentence was passed, the defence counsel, Mr O.C. Onwumerie, did not make an allocutus (plea for mercy) while the trial was ongoing.
“I will be leaving sentencing to the hands of the court,” Onwumerie said.