Domestic Staff, Two Others Sentence To Life Imprisonment

A domestic staff, Genesis Ezebong 24, and his associates, Michael Ezebong 28, Ikade Moses has been sentences to life improvement by a Special Offences Court, sitting in Ikeja.

Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo sentenced them to life imprisonment after they were found guilty of the offence of conspiracy and armed robbery brought against them by the Lagos State government.

According to the judgement, the judge held that prosecution proved beyond reasonable doubt, the circumstantial evidence against the defendants.

The court held the testimony of the prosecution witness one (Pw1) identify the defendant as his testimony corroborate other witnesses and the statement of defendants. The court also held that the recovered items stole from the scene of the crime from the defendants nailed them.

They were alleged of conspiracy to commit Robbery and armed Robbery contrary to Section 297 (2) (a) of the Criminal Law, Ch. C17, Vol. 3, Laws of Lagos State 2015.

And also contrary to Section 299 of the Criminal Law, Ch.C17, Vol.3, Laws of Lagos State, 2015.

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Omowumi Bajulaye had informed the court that defendant committed the offence of conspiracy and armed robbery on January 13, 2019 at No 222 Ikorodu Road, Palm Groove, Lagos.

She said that the defendant while armed with cutlass, shovel and other dangerous weapons robbed one Daniel of one Compact Laptop, one Apple Laptop, Gold and costumes, Jewelries, Blackberry Phones, one Digital Camera, Soccer Shoes and two other phones belonging to one Akeredolu Titilope.

The defendant were arraigned on December 18,2020 while the trial commenced on January 11, 2022.

However, during trial, she called three witnesses and tender documents such as defendants statements which was admitted as exhibits.

The witnesses who had testified before the court includes Inspector Okunade Olumuyiwa, Titilope Akeredolu and Investigative Police officer, Inspector Olawale Oni.

The witness had told court how the Akeredolu’s domestic staff conspired with others, armed with dangerous weapon, broke into his boss house to robbed with his gang after he had left for church, locked the security man as well as other occupants in the toilet.

The witness also testified that while in church for Sunday service, the security man (gateman) called her that the first defendant (Genesis Ezebong), his domestic staff went to her house with cutlass, hand broke into her apartment to commit the crime.

He told court that the gateman narrated to him how they were locked in the toilet, and that defendants broke to her room at about 10:30 am.