2 Policemen to die by hanging for killing PDP members in Ekiti. via [@trends_ng]

An Ado Ekiti High Court has
sentenced two policemen to death by hanging for
their roles in the killing of two members of the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over allegation
of the defacement of posters of political
opponents in Omuo Ekiti about two years ago.

Fracas broke out between the PDP and Action
Congress of Nigeria, ACN, on March 23, 2011 at
Kota Junction in Omuo Ekiti over alleged
defacement of posters belonging to PDP aspirants
in the community, a development that prompted
police to be drafted to the scene of the incident
which subsequently led to the death of two PDP
members.

Miffed by the murder, a PDP chieftain in the town
and now state Deputy Chairman, Hon. Femi
Bamisile, with a crowd of supporters stormed the
government office in Ado Ekiti and accused the
state government of complicity in the murder.
The affected police officers are, Mr Ameh Richard
and Akinyode Olaiya , they were said to have
been found guilty of the murder of two PDP
members whose names were given as Kehinde
Faluyi and Michael Ipinlaye.

The trial judge, Justice Abiodun Adesodun who in
his judgement yesterday, disclosed that there were
sharp contradictions in the evidence adduced by
the accused persons, which he said had made
their evidence unreliable.

According to him, there were contradictions in the
confessional statements by the accused persons
during their interrogation by the police and the oral
testimonies during cross examination in court.
Justice Adesodun noted that the evidence by the
prosecution counsel, Messrs Femi Onipede and
Omope Oluwanitemi were overwhelming and
convincing enough for him to grant their reliefs.
His words: “The prosecution counsel have proved
their case beyond reasonable doubt and the
accused persons are hereby sentenced to death
by hanging.”

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