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Pastor, bricklayer to hang for using 7-year-old for ritual 

Pastor, bricklayer to hang for using 7-year-old for ritual 

An Ikeja Special Offences Court Tuesday sentenced one Pastor Erinmole Adetokunbo and one Adedoyin Oyekanmi, a bricklayer, to death for killing a seven-year-old boy.

The two were alleged to have killed the teenager for ritual purposes.

The Lagos State government had docked the convicts before the court on October 30, 2017 on a two counts charge which borders on murdering one Kazeem Rafiu.

The convicts were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder.

“That you, on the same date, time and place, in the aforementioned jurisdiction, did kill one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven, by cutting off his head with a cutlass, thereby committing an offence.

“That you, without lawful justification or excuse, dismembered the remains of one Kazeem Rafiu, aged seven.”

The judge, Oluwatoyin Taiwo, sentenced the duo who changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty on Monday.

The Lagos State government said the convicts committed the offences on 7 June, 2017, at No. 6, Oke Oniburokun St., Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos.

The government said the duo cut off the child’s head and buried it under a `church’ altar and threw the body into a canal.

The judge held that the case was pathetic, adding that the duo conspired and murdered the child.

“The defendants have committed a heinous crime and deserve no mercy.

“They have cruelly and intentionally killed a seven-year-old boy. This deprived him and his family of a bright destiny.

“Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State imposes the death penalty for premeditated murder, and I have no hesitation in imposing the said punishment.

“I hereby sentence Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinwole Adetokunbo to death for killing Kazeem Rafiu. May God have mercy on your souls,” she said.

 

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