A 33-year old undergraduate of University of Abuja, Allen Abiodun, has been sentenced to death by an Ikeja High Court, Lagos for killing his younger brother, one Allen Wale with a broken bottle.
The court convicted Abiodun of murder contrary to Section 221 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2011.
Abiodun was arraigned on the 20th of February, 2013 for killing his brother, Wale at Imude Village, Oto Awori and dragged his body to a bush and covered it with leaves.
According to the second prosecution witness, Sunday Abogunrin a landlord of the convict informed the court that he caught the convict dragging the deceased body into a bush after he had killed him.
He told the court that on the fateful day, he was awoken by the barking of the dogs and when he came out to investigate what happened, he saw the convict dragging a body into the bush.
He said when he ran after him he saw him washing his hand to clean the blood near a well.
The witness said he alerted the leader of the community and the Baale ordered the youths to apprehend him.
According to him, the convict injured many people including his other siblings in his bid to escape.
“He was finally apprehended by the help of some Oodua Peoples Congress, OPC, members who intervened and they took him to the Baale’s palace,” he said.
Also the convict was later handed over to ASP Uthman Lamidi a fourth prosecution witness the investigating police officer from llemba Hausa Police Station who stated that he was on duty when the report about the incident was lodged at his station.
Upon interogation, he admitted to killing the deceased and was about to go and bury him when the act was exposed.
Meanwhile, the convict, in his defence, claimed that the deceased was not his biological brother but admitted killing him.
On one part of his confessional statement, he said, ” I am a student of the University of Abuja. The deceased is not my biological brother because his father had worked for my father. I have five siblings (four brothers and a sister). My mother’s name is Rita Allen and she is from China. My parents are Chinese. The deceased is not related to me.”
While on the other part, he wrote, “The deceased is my younger brother. I was at the parlour sleeping, at exactly 12 midnight, when he (deceased) came to my room and pointed a torch light on my face.
“He told me that he would kill me if am not careful of him. He kept threatening me until I got up angrily, took a bottle and stabbed him on his right neck. He fell down, I went to him and told him that he would bleed and die, which he eventually did.
Justice Raliat Adebiyi said that the prosecution had proven its case of murder beyond reasonable doubt against the defendant.
“You, Allen Abiodun, is hereby sentenced to death. May God, the giver of life, have mercy on you,” Adebiyi ordered.
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