Ex-Oba Of Lagos’ Son, Adewale Oyekan Sentenced To Death

The Lagos High Court sitting in Ikeja has sentenced a Lagos prince, Adewale Oyekan, and one Lateef Balogun to death.

The 50-year-old prince and his 27-year-old accomplice who is a former domestic staff were sentenced on Monday for killing one Sikirat Ekun, a 62-year-old businesswoman and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Adewale is the son of Oba Adeyinka Oyekan, the Oba of Lagos who passed away on March 1, 2003.

He hired Balogun for N6,000 to murder Ekun.

The convicts who have been in custody for seven-years murdered Ekun by strangling her and throwing her corpse into a 1,000-feet well located in her home.

While convicting and sentencing the defendants in a two-hour judgement, Justice Raliatu Adebiyi said that the prosecution had proved the charges of conspiracy to commit murder and murder beyond a reasonable doubt.

Justice Adebiyi noted that the provisions of the law she cited do not give the court any discretion whatsoever in sentencing the defendants.

The leader of the prosecution team, Mr Akin George, explained that the convicts committed the offences at on October 17, 2012, at about 1am at the home of the deceased in the Omole Phase I of the state.

He stated that the deceased was a restauranteur who knew Oyekan due to her friendship with his late mother and employed him as the manager of her restaurant just to render assistance to the prince.

The trial at the State High Court began on April 14, 2015, and five witnesses including police officers, Ekun’s nephew, Iyiola Olaniyi, and her only child, Mrs Folashade Amurun, testified against the convicts.

On the other hand, Oyekan and Balogun testified in their defence.

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Giving their testimonies, both convicts denied knowing each other, noting that they met for the first time at the police station.

They also denied committing the offence.

Oyekan, in his evidence, said that he met Ekun who was a friend of his mother at a PDP rally in 2011 after he had returned from the United States of America where he obtained a degree in architecture.

He said he met the deceased thereafter at her home where she offered to assist him by employing him to manage her restaurant.

Before the sentence was passed, the defence counsel, Mr O.C. Onwumerie, did not make an allocutus (plea for mercy) while the trial was ongoing.

“I will be leaving sentencing to the hands of the court,” Onwumerie said. ChannelsTV

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