On this day, two men, described by the police as “armed robbers” were at the Ikeja grade “A” customary court, sentenced to 25 years imprisonment each. The two men were: “Doctor” Oyenusi, a trader of No. 5, Aderibigbe Street, Surulere, Lagos, and Sule Bakini, an Arabic teacher of 3, Sunmonu Street, Agege Lagos.
A third man charged along with the men, Rashidi Akintunde, 25, an electrician of No. 3, Kubiyi Street, Idi-Oro, Mushin, Lagos, had earlier pleaded guilty, and was sentenced on November 7 to serve a 25-year jail term. They were all found guilty on a three-count charge of conspiracy and robbery with violence. According to inspector J.O. Falusi, who prosecuted the case, the two men conspired with others unknown to commit robbery between October 28 and 31 of that year.
They were said to have robbed Mr. John Elegbede, acting training manager of British Petroleum Nigeria Limited, Broad Street, Lagos, of his Peugeot 403 car at Ilupeju road, Mushin, Lagos on October 29.
The prosecution officer added that the accused persons also robbed one Mr. Eraldo Noca of 2,319 pounds, 26 shillings, property of Cappa D’Alberto, by violence, at Ikorodu road on October 31. Five witnesses gave evidence for the prosecution. Both “Doctor” Oyenusi and Mr. Bakini however denied the charge, adding that they were arrested on “mere suspicion.”
In his judgement, Chief Victor Adedolapo Ilori, the president of the customary court, after reviewing the evidence before the court, said he was satisfied that the prosecution had proved the case against the two men beyond all reasonable doubt. He said further that he believed the evidences of both Mr. J.O. Falusi and Mr. Eraldo Noca, and that the two accused men actually committed the offences, and therefore were guilty as charged. Subsequently, he pronounced a jail term of 25 years for each of the two men.
While Mr. Sule Bakini walked out of the court calmly to a waiting van that took him to the prison to commence his 25-year jail term, “Doctor” Oyenusi, on his part, was forced out of the court as he refused to leave after he had also been sentenced to 25 years in prison.
Oyenusi being forced out of Court as he refused to leave
Sule Bakini being led out of Court