Ekiti State High court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Tuesday, September 29, sentenced 29-year-old Gbenga Aluko, to death by hanging for involving in cultism and killings of three residents in the state.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Abiodun Adesodun 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.”
According to the charge against the accused, he was found to be a member of a prohibited secret society of Eiye Fraternity, 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 killings 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 Fraternity, Ayodele Ayodeji, 31, Olamide Olurunsola, 43 and Adewale Adekunle 23, all from Ifaki Ekiti, were arrested in February 2019, by Special Anti-Robbery Squad, for alleged involvement in the killings of members of ‘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.