An Ekiti State High Court, sitting in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, has sentenced three men to death for alleged armed robbery.
Another person was sentenced to life imprisonment for same offence.
The court, presided over by Justice Lekan Ogunmoye, ruled that the first, third and fourth accused persons – Oluwatuyi Kayode, Abayomi Femi and Jegede Gbenga – be hanged by the neck until they die.
The second accused, Kayode Ajimoko, was sentenced to life imprisonment.
The quartet faced four count charges of conspiracy and armed robbery, contrary to Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R 11, Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.
Their offence also contravened Section 1(2) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004.
They were first arraigned on February 7, last year, when the charge was read to them.
Their pleas were taken and they pleaded not guilty.
The convicts, on January 20, 2015, at Olokemeji, Odo Ado, Ado-Ekiti, serially robbed Kolawole Ogunlade, Babalola Modupe and Ojo Adedeji of their valuables, including a laptop, BlackBerry mobile phone, jewellery and handsets, among others.
They were said to be armed with various weapons, such as cutlass, stones and broken bottles.
Ogunlade reportedly engaged one of the robbers, who mistakenly stabbed his colleague on the head.
The wounded robber was rushed to a hospital where he was arrested and handed over to the police.
This led to the arrest of other three members of the gang.
Exhibits tendered included the statements of the accused, cutlasses and four mobile phones recovered from them.