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A ritualist in Osun has been sentenced to death by hanging

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A High Court in Osun State sitting in Ile-Ife on Tuesday sentenced a 37 year old man, Olueke Ogunyemi, was sentenced to death by hanging after he was found guilty of killing a man named Mr. Moshood Babalola. Mr Ogunyemi gas been arraigned in court since March 6, 2013.

Mr Ogunyemi was charged with conspiracy and murder which is punishable under sections 319 and 324 of the Criminal Code Cap. 34, Laws of Osun State.

It was said that Mr Ogunyemi, at around 10am, on February 17, 2010, at the Iredunmi area, cut off Mr. Babalola’s head with a knife.

The father of the deceased, Mr. Sikiru Babalola, reported the crime to the Moore Police Station, in Ile-Ife.

During the trial, Mr. Tijani Adekilekun, who is the prosecution counsel from the state’s Ministry of Justice, called on five eye witnesses.

A prosecution witness, Inspector Rasheedat Olanrewaju, testified that, she and two other police operatives went to where the accused used to reside at the Agbedegbede area of Ile-Ife.

She narrated that she and her team, found the victims decomposed body when they were carrying out a search in the home of the accused.

Inspector Olanrewaju also said the accused gave a confession to the police that he was the one that murdered the victim for the purpose of using him for ritual.

Justice Adedotun Onibokun in his judgement found the accused guilty of the charges filed against him. The accused was then after sentenced to death by hanging.

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