Oyo Court Sentence Truck Driver, Adeyemi Morenikeji To Death Over Killing Of Boss’ Wife
Morenikeji was found guilty of robbing the deceased of her automobile after his trial and evaluation of the wealth of evidence presented against him by Justice Adeeyo, who sentenced him to 14 years in jail with hard labour.
The judge sentenced him to death for murdering his wife.
Morenikeji, a former employee of the Ayanwale family, confessed to luring the woman out of her office under the guise of assisting her in seeking spiritual treatment for her marital problems when he was paraded at the Oyo State Police Command headquarters, Eleyele Ibadan, on April 11, 2019.
He was believed to have strangled the woman to death and discarded her body by the riverside on their way to a spiritual house. He later drove away in her Pontiac Vibe with the license plate KJA 67 CY.
Morenikeji was apprehended by Oyo State Police Command officers on April 18, 2019, in Sango-Ota, Ogun State, and was prosecuted following an investigation that led to his conviction on Friday.
In the two-count charge case marked HOY/1C/2020, the prosecutor said that: “Aderemi Morenikeji on or about the 11th day of April 2019, at about 1400hours, between School of Surveying and Awe Road, Oyo in the Oyo Judicial Division, murdered one Racheal Ayanwale (female) by strangulation, and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Volume 11, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.
“That Aderemi Morenikeji on or about 11th day of April 2019, at Awe Road, Oyo in the Oyo Judicial Division, having strangulated and murdered Racheal Ayanwale (female), robbed her of her Vibe Pontiac Car with Registration Number, LAGOS KJA 67 CY valued at N1,720,000 and thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 401 and punishable under Section 402, of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Volume II Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.”
In her 62-page judgement, Adeeyo said: “This honourable court hereby sentences you, Aderemi Morenike, to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for robbing late Racheal Oyewunmi Ayanwale of her Pontiac Car and phones.”
On count 1, the Judge said: “This court sentences you, Aderemi Morenikeji to death for (the) murder of Racheal Oyewumi Ayanwale.”
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