An Ikeja Special Offences Court has sentenced a pastor, Erinmole Adetokunbo, and his accomplice, Adedoyin Oyekanmi to death for killing a seven-year-old boy for ritual purposes.
The presiding judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, sentenced the convicts on Tuesday after they changed their pleas from “not guilty” to “guilty”.
The convicts were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder, by the Lagos state government on October 30, 2017.
The prosecution alleged that the convicts committed the offences on June 7, 2017, at Odokekere area of Ikorodu in Lagos state.
According to the state government, the child’s head was cut off by the pair, who then allegedly buried it on a “church” altar, after which they dumped the body into a canal.
Although the accused persons initially pleaded not guilty upon arraignment, at the court session on Monday, O.A. Bajulaiye, the prosecution counsel, informed the court that the defendants were ready to change their pleas.
Anthonia Otsokwa, counsel to the defendants, did not object.
Consequently, the convicts pleaded guilty to the two-count charge.
The court thereafter reviewed the facts of the case, and the prosecution counsel urged the court to convict them accordingly.
Otsokwa prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, saying her clients had realised their mistakes and were remorseful.
“We plead with the court to consider a sentence with terms of imprisonment,” she said.
Delivering judgment on Tuesday, the judge imposed the maximum sentence for murder — death by hanging — adding that the duo committed heinous crimes.
“The defendants have committed a heinous crime and deserve no mercy,” the judge held.
“They have cruelly and intentionally killed a seven-year-old boy. This deprived him and his family of a bright destiny.
“Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State imposes death penalty for premeditated murder, and I have no hesitation in imposing the said punishment.
“I hereby sentence Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinwole Adetokunbo to death for killing Kazeem Rafiu. May God have mercy on your souls.”
Fidelity Bank Wins Best SME Bank Nigeria at Global Banking & Finance Awards 2022
Fidelity Bank Plc, has been announced as the 2022 Best SME Bank in Nigeria by the Global Banking & Finance Review at its Annual Global Banking & Finance Awards which held in London, UK recently.
Global Banking & Finance Review is the leading online, digital, and print magazine for the banking and financial sector. The website receives over 7 million page views each year thanks to its balanced views and informative, independent news centered on the financial sector. The Global Banking & Finance Awards was created to recognize companies of all sizes that are prominent areas of expertise and excellence within the global financial community.
“Global Banking and Finance Review is privileged to honor those financial institutions that have achieved outstanding results and who stand out in their particular area of expertise in the banking and finance industry. Global Banking & Finance Review would like to congratulate the award winners and look forward to their continued success.
“The awards were created to recognize companies of all sizes that are prominent in particular areas of expertise and excellence within the financial community. They reflect the involvement of leading financial organizations and recognize the accomplishment, achievement, innovation, strategy, and progressive and motivating changes taking place within the financial sector”, reads a statement on the Global Banking and Finance Awards website.
Commenting on the award, MD/CEO Fidelity Bank Plc, Mrs. Nneka Onyeali-Ikpe said, “We are grateful for this recognition and dedicate the award to our customers who rely on us to provide the right support for scaling their business. Receiving this award at the beginning of the year, provides us with increased motivation to do more in helping our clients achieve their strategic business goals.”
Fidelity Bank is a full-fledged commercial bank operating in Nigeria with over 7.2 million customers serviced across its 250 business offices and digital banking channels. The bank was recently recognized as the Best Private Bank in Nigeria and Best Private Bank Digital Solutions for Clients in Africa in the Global Finance’s World’s Best Private Banks 2023 Awards; as well as the Best Commercial Banking Brand in Nigeria by the Global Brands Magazine Awards. The bank has also won awards for the “Fastest Growing Bank” and “MSME & Entrepreneurship Financing Bank of the Year” at the 2021 BusinessDay Banks and Other Financial Institutions (BAFI) Awards.
Buhari Will Commission Dangote Refinery Before May 29 -Dangote Group
The attention of Dangote group has been drawn to some misleading reports regarding the commissioning of its Dangote Refinery during the present working visit of President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR to Lagos State.
In a terse statement signed by the Group Chief, Branding & Communications Officer, Dangote Industries Limited, Mr Anthony Chiejina, the Group averred that “We want to state categorically that our 650,000 barrels per day (bpd) Refinery project was never part of the President’s programme on projects to be commissioned.
“For the record, the projects slated for commissioning in Lagos State by President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR include: Lekki Deep Sea Port; 32-Metric Tonnes Lagos Rice Mill, Imota; 18.75km Eleko to Epe T Junction Express road; John Randle Centre for Yoruba Culture and History, Onikan, Blue Line Rail (Phase 1) commissioning (Marina to Mile 2); Groundbreaking for the Blue Line Rail Phase 2 (Mile 2 to Okokomaiko), and MRS Lubricant, a private project in Apapa.
However, our Refinery will be commissioned before President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR formally leaves office in May, 2023, and the public will be duly informed and invited to the epic event.”
Before this statement today, Business Hilights recalls that there had been a fake news in an unverified twitter handle saying President Buhari will among other things commission the refinery which the company debunked and described as fake.
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