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Ekiti Court Sends Thief Behind Bars for 27 Years: N2.3m Theft Conviction Stands

In a significant ruling, the Ekiti State High Court, Ado Ekiti Division, has handed down a 27-year prison sentence to 22-year-old Dipo Femi for his involvement in conspiracy, burglary, and theft.

Femi’s sentence, which will be served concurrently from the date of his arrest, includes seven years each for three charges (totaling 21 years) and three years each for two charges (totaling six years).

The case against Femi was brought before the court on July 19, 2022, comprising five counts related to conspiracy, burglary, and other offenses, as stipulated in Sections 421, 324, and 302 of the Criminal Laws of Ekiti State, 2021.

According to the charges, Femi, along with accomplices who remain at large, unlawfully broke into the shops of Victor Mark, Clement Moses, and Samuel Lucky at Oke Ureje, Polytechnic Road, Ado Ekiti, on March 14, 2022, at 5:30 a.m. They stole various items, including clothing, jewelry, footwear, cash amounting to N200,000, perfumes, body spray, and fez caps, valued at N2.150m.

During the trial, the prosecutor, Kunle-Shina Adeyemo, presented four witnesses and submitted the defendant’s statements and bond as exhibits. Femi defended himself through his counsel, Chris Omokhafe, without calling any witnesses.

In delivering the judgment, Justice Blessing Ajileye affirmed the prosecution’s case, stating, “I will not hesitate to hold that the prosecution had proved beyond reasonable doubt the basic elements of stealing against the defendant and I so hold. In counts 1, 2, and 4 (conspiracy and burglary), the defendant is convicted and sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment each. In counts 3 and 5, the defendant is sentenced to three years’ imprisonment each. The time of the imprisonment is to run concurrently from the date of arrest.”

Efecha Gold
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