An Ogun State High Court sitting in Sagamu, on Thursday, sentenced a man, Akeem Oladehinde, to death by hanging for conspiracy to commit robbery in the state.

The Justice Nasiru Agbelu-led court said the prosecution proved its case beyond reasonable doubts.

He noted that the convict should not be allowed to interact with members of the public, adding that he posed a security threat to people.

Oladehinde and another suspect at large were arraigned on seven counts of conspiracy to commit robbery at the Oluke area in the Ado-Odo Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State on July 26, 2014.

PUNCH Metro gathered that Oladehinde was arrested after a robbery syndicate attacked Oluke and two other villages in the area.

The convict initially admitted to committing the crime alongside those killed during a gun battle with the police.

But when the case was brought before Justice Agbelu on Thursday, he pleaded not guilty to the seven counts brought against him.

During his trial, he claimed that he was wrongly accused of being one of the robbers.

The judge, who declared that the robbery case against Oladehinde had been proved, noted that there was enough evidence of his involvement in the crime.

He said, “The defence counsel pleaded that the accused is a family man, and that he should be given another opportunity to change his life.

“It is to be observed that the state of security in the country is worrisome and incidents of armed robbery are now very prevalent.

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“The defendant should not be allowed back to the society to continue to traumatise fellow citizens. Conspiracy is punishable by death.

“The sentence of this court upon you, Rasheed Oladehinde, is that you be hanged by the neck until you are dead. May God have mercy on your soul.”

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