The duo of Prophet Philip Segun and a 23-year-old Lagos State University (LASU) student, Owolabi Adeeko, were on Monday, sentenced to death by hanging by a State High Court sitting in Ikire, Osun State.
Justice Christiana Olokede Obadina delivered the judgement having convicted the duo for the murder of another LASU student, Favour Duley Oladele, on December 8, 2019.
Both and one other were arraigned before the Court on November 15, 2021.
Delivering her judgement, Justice Christiana Obadina said that the prosecution had proved its case beyond reasonable doubt and, therefore, found Prophet Philip Segun and Owolabi Adeeko guilty of murder and conspiracy, while Bola Adeeko, the mother of the student-convict was also convicted for conspiracy.
The convicts, Prophet Philip Segun (42), Owolabi Adeeko (23) and Bola Adeeko (46) were arraigned on two counts charge of conspiracy and murder contrary to Section 324 and 319(1) of the Criminal Code Cap. 34 Laws of Osun State, 2002.
The prosecution team led by the State’s Solicitor General, Adekemi Bello, alongside Barrister Ajibola Alade and others had told the court how Owolabi lured the deceased, Favour Duley Oladele, who was his girlfriend on phone to come and meet his uncle at Ikoyi-Ile and subsequently killed her for money rituals.
During the trial, prosecution had called nine witnesses while the Police investigating officer also tendered several exhibits before the court.
All the convicts also testified in their respective defence without calling any witness.
Before judgement was passed on the accused after conviction, their counsel, Adesina Olaniyan Esq, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
Justice Christiana Olokede Obadina subsequently sentenced
Prophet Philip Segun and Owolabi Adeeko to death by hanging, while Bola Adeeko mother of Owolabi Adeeko was sentenced to two years imprisonment for eating human flesh.