An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti, on Tuesday, sentenced Gbenga Aluko, 29, to death by hanging, for involving in cultism and killing of three residents in the state.
Justice Abiodun Adesodun, while delivering his judgment, said the prosecutor was able to prove the case beyond reasonable doubt against the accused.
“The penalty for the offence committed and established against the accused is death, he is hereby sentenced to death by hanging. May the Lord have mercy on your soul,” the judge said.
The convict was found to be a member of a prohibited secret society, the Eiye fraternity, which the court said is contrary to section 4 of the Secret Cult (Abolition and Prohibition) First Amendment Law No.6, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2017.
In his confessional statement, Gbenga said he and his cult members in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, masterminded the killing of some people who were believed to be cult members.
To proof his case, the prosecutor, Julius Ajibare, called two witnesses but tendered no exhibit, while the accused called no witness but spoke through his counsel, Femi Adetoye.
Gbenga and three others members of Eiye, Ayodele Ayodeji, 31; Olamide Olurunsola, 43, and Adewale Adekunle 23, all from Ifaki Ekiti, were arrested in February 2019, by the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (SARS), for alleged involvement in the killings of members of Black Axe ‘AIYE’ Confraternity, a rival secret cult group, in Ekiti and Ondo States.
Gbenga and the other three suspects were paraded by the then Ekiti State commissioner of police, Asuquo Amba, in Ado Ekiti.
Items recovered from them include one cutlass, charms, one Dell laptop, a foreign woman’s photograph, two Ipad phones and one Infinix phone.