Two brothers, Genesis and Micheal Ezebong and one Ikade Moses have been sentenced to life imprisonment by an Ikeja Special Offences Court for armed robbery in the Palm Groove area of Lagos State.
The judge, Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo who handed down the verdict, found the trio guilty of the offence of conspiracy and armed robbery preferred against them by the Lagos State Government.
In her judgement, Justice Taiwo held that the prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt, the circumstantial evidence against the defendants.
The convicts were arraigned on December 18, 2020 while the trial commenced on January 11, 2022.
The prosecution counsel, Omowumi Bajulaye, during the arraignment of the convicts, had told the court that they committed the offence of conspiracy and armed robbery on January 13, 2019, at No 222 Ikorodu Road, Palm Groove, Lagos.
She said that the trio while armed with cutlass, shovel and other dangerous weapons, robbed one Daniel of one Compact Laptop, one Apple laptop, gold and costumes, jewelleries, Blackberry phones, one digital camera, soccer shoes and two other phones belonging to one Titilope Akeredolu.
The prosecution, during trial, called three witnesses and tendered documents such as defendants’ statements which were admitted as exhibits.
The witnesses who had testified before the court included Inspector Okunade Olumuyiwa, Titilope Akeredolu and Investigative Police officer and Inspector Olawale Oni.
The witnesses had narrated to the court how Akeredolu’s domestic worker conspired with others, who were armed with dangerous weapons, broke into his boss’s house with his gang after he had left to church, and locked the security man as well as other occupants in the toilet.
Akeredolu said after she went to church on Sunday morning, she received a call from the security man who told her that the first convict, Genesis Ezebong, her domestic staff went to her house with cutlass, and broke into her apartment to rob.
She told the court that the gateman narrated the robbery incident to her, how they were locked in the toilet, and how the convicts broke into her room around 10.30am.