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Man to die by hanging for killing lover


The Chief Judge of Ogun, Justice Mosunmola Dipeolu, convicted Owolabi on a count charge of murder.

She held that the prosecution proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Owolabi was guilty as charged.

Dipeolu noted that murder contravened the provisions of Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Ogun, 2006.

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Earlier, prosecution counsel, Mr. James Mafe,  said that the convict committed the offense on Feb. 1, 2018, at the Camp area of Abeokuta.

Mafe said that the convict took Afusat to a hotel for pleasure, adding that shortly after,  she complained of stomach aches.

“The convict took her to his vehicle.

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“On his way, he noticed she was dead and he secretly took the deceased to an uncompleted building, dug a shallow grave, and buried her without disclosing to anybody.

“The convict was arrested when a younger brother of the deceased went to a police station to complain that his sister, who told him she was going for a naming ceremony at Bode Olude area, never returned,” the counsel submitted.

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He said that during an investigation,  the police discovered that the convict was the last person who spoke with the deceased.

“On his arrest, he made a confessional statement to the police and took a police team where he buried his lover,” Mafe added.

NAN reports that the convict was arraigned on Nov. 12, 2019.

He had pleaded not guilty.