Vandal receives death sentence for killing DSS officers.

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Busy Bee November 22, 2023
Updated 2023/11/22 at 10:48 AM

Clement Ododomu has been sentenced to death by hanging by Justice Hakeem Oshodi of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja. The conviction stems from the murder of several Department of State Service (DSS) operatives in Lagos. Tiwei Monday, a co-defendant and fellow pipeline vandal, received a 16-year prison sentence for the same crime.

The Lagos State government brought the charges against the convicts for the killing of seven DSS officers in the Ikorodu area. The judge, after careful consideration of the presented facts and the demeanor of the defendants, described them as “unremorseful” before delivering the verdict.

In response to the defense counsel’s plea for mercy on October 11, Justice Oshodi mentioned that the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Dr. Babajide Martins, argued that the offenses committed were serious, and the court should impose the maximum available sentences.

The judge stated, “The court has taken into consideration the defense counsel’s allocutus, but the dictates of the law are binding upon us all. The first defendant has been found guilty on counts one, five, seven, nine, and 10, while the second defendant has been convicted on counts one and 10, as indicated in the information dated January 13, 2017. The relevant legal provisions for these counts are as follows:

“For Count I, which convicts both the first and second defendants, it is in violation of Section 233 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State 2015, carrying a sentence of 14 years.

“On counts five and seven, the first defendant, found guilty under Section 233 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015, which stipulates that anyone committing murder shall face the death penalty.

“Count nine brings the first defendant under Section 298 (3) of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015, making them liable to a minimum of 14 years but not exceeding 20 years of imprisonment.

“Furthermore, on count 10, both the first and second defendants were convicted under Section 410 of the Criminal Laws of Lagos State, 2015, and are subject to a two-year imprisonment term.”

The judge dismissed the defense counsel’s assertion that the defendants were in Lagos for their grandmother’s funeral, labeling it as false.

Oshodi asserted that the defense failed to produce crucial witnesses to support their claim. However, he acknowledged that the prosecution couldn’t establish the second defendant’s guilt in the murder case.

According to the evidence presented, it was Agbala and the first defendant who were responsible for killing the operatives. The judge concluded that the prosecution successfully demonstrated the involvement of both defendants in the operatives’ ambush.

As a result, the convicts were acquitted on counts two, three, four, six, and eight because the prosecution couldn’t substantiate the charges.

Justice Oshodi noted, “The court observed the defendants’ demeanor and concluded that they exhibited no remorse for the allegations. Despite claiming a lack of understanding of English, the recorded conversation revealed them conversing in English.”

The first and second defendants received 14 years of imprisonment for count 10, and two years for count 9. The first defendant received an additional 20 years of imprisonment. Both sentences will run concurrently.

“For counts five and seven, where the court has determined the first defendant’s guilt, the court sentences you to be hanged by the neck until death, with the hope that God may show mercy on your soul.”

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