FOR the kidnap and m****r of a one and half-year-
old infant an Akure High Court, weekend,
sentenced three men to death by hanging.
They are Olusegun Obaro, Jonah Lase and
The presiding judge, Justice Olusegun Odusola,
said the first and second accused persons were
guilty of kidnapping and m****r, while the third
accused person was only guilty of m****r.
The accused persons were brought under a two-
count charge of kidnapping and murdering the
infant, contrary to and punishable under Section 3
of the Ondo State Anti-Kidnapping and Abduction
Law 2010, and m****r contrary to Section 316 and
punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code
Laws of Ondo State.
The one and half year old infant was said to have
been kidnapped in the night from her parent’s
residence at Ikorigho in Igbokoda on June 17, 2011.
The corpse was said to have been found near the
residence of the parents with her right eye, right
ear, right b****t and the right part of her scalp
The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges
during the trial.
Justice Odusola submitted that the totality of the
evidence before him showed that the prosecution
had proved that the three accused persons were
responsible for the death of the deceased.
He said: “The offences for which the accused were
charged are strict liability offences. Death penalty
would be the punishment for each of the counts.
Having found the 1st and 2nd accused guilty of
both counts, the 3rd accused is guilty of m****r.
“In sum, I hereby sentence Olusegun Obaro, Jonah
Lase and Theophilus Friday to death by hanging.”