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  • Updated: June 21, 2024

Police foil operation as armed robbers lay siege to Delta university

Police foil operation as armed robbers lay siege to Delta un

Academic activities at Western Delta University in Oghara, Delta State, were disrupted on Thursday by suspected armed robbers who laid siege to the university. 

The armed thieves attempted to rob students by entering the school grounds through an open perimeter/fence at the rear of the campus.

The police responded swiftly, stopping the invasion as soon as the students, who had already begun to flee into bushes for safety, raised the alarm.

Confirming the incident, Delta State Police Command Police Public Relations Officer SP Bright Edafe said: “They (suspected robbers) came in through the broken fence at the back of the school, but the Police responded swiftly and they all fled.”

Meanwhile, three individuals have been sentenced to death by hanging by an Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division for their involvement in an armed robbery where they stole a Toyota Corolla at gunpoint from its owner.

The convicted individuals, Akingbade David, Michael Mayowa, and Ibrahim Mukaila, were found guilty of charges related to armed robbery and conspiracy.

According to the court documents, they were arrested and brought to trial for forcibly taking Gbenga Ajayi's car on March 1, 2019, along NTA Road in Ado Ekiti.

Assistant Chief Legal Officer O.F. Ajumobi, representing Ekiti State, prosecuted the case, citing violations of Section 6(b) of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap. R11, Vol.14, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

During the trial, Ajumobi presented two witnesses and submitted 11 pieces of evidence to bolster the prosecution's case.

The defendants, defended by Akin Abon, Iyanu Olumuagun, and Adeyinka Opaleke, provided their testimony but did not call any witnesses in their defence.

In the court judgment on Wednesday, Justice John Adeyeye held that “the prosecution proved all the ingredients of the offences against the defendants beyond reasonable doubt”.

Adeyeye consequently convicted all the defendants and sentenced them to death by hanging for both of the offences.

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