The Nigerian prince has been sentenced to be hanged for strangling a woman
The Nigerian prince was convicted for being hanged for strangling a woman so that he could steal her business
- Prince Adewale Oyekan, 50, and Lateef Balogun, 27, sentenced to death in Lagos
- Couple strangled businesswoman and politician Alhaja Sikirat Ekun, 62, in 2012
- The prince paid her former servant Balogun £ 12.59 to help him with her murder
- They were sentenced on Monday after seven years of pre-trial detention at the Supreme Court of Ikeja
Prince Adewale Oyekan, 50, (right) and his accomplice Lateef Balogun, 27, leave the court on Monday after being convicted
A Nigerian prince was sentenced to death by hanging up because he strangled a politician so he could steal her business.
Prince Adewale Oyekan, 50, son of the late Adeyinka Oyekan II, the 23rd Oba of Lagos, murdered businesswoman and politician Alhaja Sikirat Ekun in 2012.
The prince, who managed Mrs. Ekun's restaurant in the Nigerian capital, recruited her former servant Lateef Balogun, 27, and paid him £ 12.59 to work with him.
The couple strangled the 62-year-old before she dumped her body in a 1000-ft well at her home and covered it with a generator and gas bottle, Local media reported.
After her murder, they took over her businesses and property, including a bus hit for £ 360.
Balogun was employed by Ekun to look after her older father, but was fired after a dispute.
The prince returned to Nigeria in 2003 after the death of his father, who ruled from 1965 until his death as the ceremonial sovereign of Lagos.
The Oba, a pacifist and peacemaker during his reign, was a qualified pharmacist and had served in the 81st West Africa Division in Field Third Ambulance during the Second World War.
The prince studied architecture in the United States when his father died. His mother lived in the US until her death in 2001.
The court heard that Mrs. Ekun had assisted the prince on his return by offering him a job in the restaurant and allowing him to stay in her house.
Justice Raliatu Adebiyi sitting at the Ikeja High Court (photo) told the couple: & # 39; The first and second defendants are hereby sentenced to death on each of the counts one and two by hanging. May God, the giver of life, have mercy on your souls & # 39;
On October 17, 2012, the prince and his accomplice Balogun strangled Mrs. Ekun in her home in the Ojodu district on the outskirts of Lagos.
When her family inquired about her whereabouts, the Supreme Court heard that the prince sent them an SMS claiming that Mrs. Ekun had traveled to Abuja for a religious festival.
Two months later, an extensive house search by well diggers and firefighters discovered her corpse.
Their trial began at the Ikeja High Court in April 2015. Both men denied knowing each other and claimed that they had met for the first time at the police station.
Prince Adewale told the court that he had met Ekun at a meeting of the People & # 39; s Democratic Party after returning from his architecture studies in the United States.
Before the sentence was pronounced on Monday, the defender of the murderer, Mr. O. C. Onwumerie, refused to plead for mercy.
& # 39; I leave the sentence to court, & # 39; said the lawyer.
Justice Raliatu Adebiyi, in a two-hour summary, said: & # 39; The indirect evidence was strong and convincing; the act of the defendants in killing the deceased was intentional and premeditated.
& The Court believes that the Public Prosecutor's Office has undoubtedly proven the crimes of conspiracy and murder and is accordingly found guilty of the two-count.
She outlined that the penalty for murder was death and said to the court: & The first and second defendants are hereby sentenced to death on each of the counts one and two by hanging up. May God, the giver of life, have mercy on your souls. & # 39;
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