Eight people are accused in the rape and murder of Olajide Blessing Omowumi, a 24-year-old University of Ilorin student, but THREE of them have been convicted and sentenced by the Kwara state High Court after a one and half year legal battle.
Two of the three have been sentenced to die by hanging, while the remaining one was sentenced to life imprisonment by the Court.
On 2nd June, 2021, the 300-level Agricultural Sciences student was found dead in her sister’s home with her mouth gagged with clothes and bruises on her private part.
Dr. Kayode Adeniyi, a pathologist at the UITH told to the court that the autopsy revealed that she was raped and strangled to death.
They eight prime suspects were brought before the court by the Kwara State government in suit No KWS/33c/c/2021 on 11-count charge bordering on armed robbery, illegal possession of firearms and rape.
Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Oluwatimileyin (aka Jacklord), Oyeyemi Omogbolahan, Abdulkarim Shuaib (aka Easy), Kareem Rasheed (Rashworld), Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Adebayo (aka Bashman) and Akande Taiye Oladojawere, were arrested in connection with the rape and murder.
Abdulazeez Ismail, Ajala Oluwatimileyin and Oyeyemi Omogbolahan, with the offences of culpable homicide punishable with death, conspiracy to commit robbery and conspiracy to murder.
While the fourth and the fifth names above were sentenced to three years in imprisonment for the offence of theft.
The sixth, seventh and eight suspects with names Abdullateef Abdulrahman, Daud Bashir Aderayo and Akande Taiye Oladoja were discharged and acquitted on the basis that they were not found guilty of any charges against them.
Prosecution counsel and former Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Salman Jawondo, who started the case as Attorney General of Kwara State said:
The 165-typewritten-page judgement read by Justice Yusuf got almost the courtroom shedding tears while being, even leaving the judge sobbing openly for more than two minutes while recounting the process of how the deceased was raped, leading to her death.
However, Justice Yusuf held that the gang only had the intention of theft and rape without the intention to kill, but unfortunately, their act led to homicide.