The two domestic staff of former Vice Chancellor of Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Professor Albert Ilemobade, 79, were on Wednesday, January 20, 2016 sentenced to death by hanging.
Justice Williams Olamide of an Akure High Court, Ondo State, delivered the verdict to the duo of Daniel Itah Effiong and Bamitale Olayemi, who were the security/gate man and the driver of the deceased professor.
Justice Olamide found the convicts guilty of the three-count charge of conspiracy to murder, murder and robbery.
The duo reportedly strangled the deceased Professor of Veterinary Medicine to death, dumped his corpse in a store/generator house at his residence at Ijapo Estate, Akure, Ondo State, on June 21, 2015, and stole his Toyota RAV 4, 2013 model and N7000, before they fled.
According to the prosecutor, the State Director of Public Prosecution, Mrs Adejoke Tuki, the offence breached the dictates of Section 324 of the Criminal Code Cap.37 Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
Justice Olamide, in his judgement which lasted about two hours, held that the prosecution was able to establish and prove the case against the former domestic staff of the late professor beyond reasonable doubt and to the satisfaction of the court, according to Vanguard.
He declared: “The accused persons were callous, wicked and inconsiderate when they decided to sniff out life of an elderly person and their benefactor over his property. Against this backdrop, the accused persons do not deserve the sympathy or mercy of this court.
“Law must take its cause and this will serve as a deterrent to others. The accused persons are hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May God have mercy on your souls.”
Security operatives and family members of the late professor had thought he had been kidnapped until detectives in Ijebu-Ode, Ogun State, arrested the domestic staff while they were about to sell the stolen car for N400,000.
The dealer, who wanted to buy the car became suspicious because the market value was N5 million. He subsequently called the police who arrested the suspects who led the detectives from Ogun State to the Ijapo residence of the late professor and showed them where they dumped his corpse.