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Domestic worker sentenced to death for killing his employer and her daughter in Lagos

The Ikeja High Court on Monday, March 27, sentenced a domestic staff, Joseph Ogbu, to death by hanging for killing his 89-year-old employer, Ajoke John and her daughter, Oreoluwa John, 38, in Lagos. 

The convict, who hails from Oju Local Govt Area of Benue State, brutally murdered the victims at their residence at Number 4 Ogunlana Drive in Surulere, on June 19, 2019, 24 hours after he was employed. 

Justice Modupe Nicole-Clay held that the prosecution had sufficiently proven the three-count charge bordering on armed robbery and murder against the convict. 

Nicole-Clay held that the defendant confessed to the crime as he admitted to living with the deceased and was the only witness of the incident. 

“He k!lled Adejoke by strangling her and Oreoluwa by stabbing her to death. As the defence did not raise an objection to the admissibility of the confessional statement, there is no doubt that the defendant confessed to the crimes.

“I have considered the evidence of the security guard, an Okada man, one Yahya Ibrahim, the house help and a police Inspector. 

The defendant could not explain what he was doing with all the stolen items he was found with at about 2:00 a.m. on the date he was arrested.

“The court is satisfied with the total evidence to establish the guilt of the defendant. 

“This court has found Joseph Ogbu guilty of these heinous crimes, and you are hereby sentenced to d3ath by hanging. May God have mercy on your soul,” 

The convict, while gesticulating, pleaded for mercy and prayed the court for mercy. 

“The mama no d!e for my presence. I beg for mercy,” the convict said in pidgin English. 

The defence counsel, Moses Enema, in his allocutus, prayed the court to have mercy on the convict. 

However, the state counsel, Olarewaju Daud, urged the court to convict the defendant as charged. 

Daud told the court that the convict committed the offences at 9:30 p.m. on Ogunlana Drive, Surulere, Lagos. 

The prosecution submitted that the defendant killed Ms Oreoluwa by stabbing her. He said the defendant also robbed the deceased of her car, phones and Plasma TV while armed with a knife.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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