Abdulsalam Adinoyi, a member of the Jam’at Ahl as-Sunnah lid-Da’wah wa’l-Jihd, often known as Boko Haram, was sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Lekan Ogunmoye of the Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti.
In his decision on Wednesday, Justice Ogunmoye stated that the prosecution had proven its case beyond a reasonable doubt against the defendant, implying his guilt in all of the accusations brought against him.
Adinoyi was charged with five counts of armed robbery, murder, terrorism, and unauthorized possession of firearms, in violation of sections 1 (2) (a) and 3(1) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap C16, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.
Sections 316 of the Criminal Code Law, Cap C16, Laws of Ekiti State, 2012, as well as Sections 11 and 12 of the Ekiti State Kidnapping and Terrorism (Prohibition Law), 2015, were also violated.
According to the accusation, Adinoyi, a native of Okene in Kogi State, attacked and robbed Sergeant Gana Jiya and other police officers at a checkpoint in Oye Ekiti between December 22, 2016 and March 20, 2017, while armed with a rifle.
Sergeant Gana Jiya was killed on the spot, while other police officers on the scene were shot. He also took two AK-47 assault rifles, initiated attacks on persons in Ekiti State and its surrounds, confessed to being a Boko Haram member and unlawfully in possession of an AK-47 assault gun, among other things.
“The sole issues for determination are accordingly resolved in favor of the prosecution. The defendant is hereby found guilty as charged. He is accordingly sentenced to death by hanging in counts 1, 2, and 3. May Almighty God have mercy on his soul. He is also sentenced to 20 years imprisonment in count 4 and 10 years imprisonment in count 5 with N10,000.00 as an option of fine,” Justice Ogunmoye said.
When police officers arrived at Adinoyi’s house, members of his group, Abu Uwais and Aminu a.k.a. Idi-Amin, currently at large, were plotting an operation, according to his confessional testimony. His home was investigated, and an AK-47 rifle, among other stuff, was discovered.
Gbemiga Adaramola, the prosecutor, brought five witnesses, including police officers who were there at the time, to establish his case. An AK-47 assault rifle, the defendants’ and victims’ statements, photographs, compact discs detailing Boko Haram training, 5 SIM cards, flash drives, empty bullet shells, and medical reports were among the exhibits presented.