Pastor Sentenced to Death by Hanging in Ondo State

A high court sitting in Akure, Ondo state has sentenced a pastor to be hanged to the death.

The Pastor, Kolawole Samson was sentenced to death by hanging for the murder of a middle-aged man named Ayo Olaniyi in his farm within Oke-Igbo axis in Ile-Oluji/Oke-Igbo Local Government Area of Ondo state.

The trial judge, Justice Ademola Bola pronounced pastor Kolawole Samson guilty of the death of Ayo Olaniyi after using a cutlass to inflict an injury on him that led to his death in the farm settlement at Gberinlegi village in 2016.

The state’s attorney-general and the state’s commissioner of justice were earlier represented by two government lawyers, Mrs Omotola Ologun and Mr Olusegun Akeredolu who told the court that the pastor had on 3rd March 2016 inflicted a deep injury cut on the head of the now late Ayo Olaniyi when he went hunting for frogs with his three other friends at a fishpond owned by the pastor at the village, near Okeigbo.

The lawyers argued that the crime committed was contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 37, Laws of Ondo State (2006).

The pastor accused of the crime had insisted he was not guilty of the crime but the judge did not see so as all the evidence that was presented before him during the course of the court trial for the past four years point to Kolawole Samson as being guilty of the murder of Ayo Olaniyi and hence sentenced to death by hanging.

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