An Osun State High Court, on Thursday sentenced to death by hanging, the prime suspect in June 14, 2007 bomb blast incident, Richard Abayomi Adesanmi.
The blast occurred within the premises of Osun State Secretariat, Abeere.
Justice Adeyinka Aderibigbe, while delivering his judgement in the case, convicted Adesanmi on all the six-count charge bothering on m****r and conspiracy to effect unlawful purpose.
It would be recalled that an explosion, which occurred in the Peugeot 504 saloon car with the registration number AL 850 NND parked near Ministry of Water Resources and Rural Development, had killed one of the occupants of the vehicle who was simply identified as Taye and injured Adesanmi.
Other two occupants of the vehicle, one Henry and Gboyega Olasogba, however, escaped from the scene and have remained at large since then.
After the incident, Adesanmi, who claimed to be an indigene of Ondo, was immediately taken to the Government House clinic, where he was treated for the injuries he received in his eyes.
During the investigation, police confirmed that Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was the substance that exploded in the vehicle on the day of the incident, adding that materials that could be used to make explosives were also recovered from the vehicle driven by one of the accused persons.
Delivering his judgement, Justice Aderibigbe said “Richard Abayomi Adesanmi is sentenced to death by hanging on his neck till he gives up the ghost.”
Adesanmi, who bowed as the judge passed the verdict, was in tears as the prison officials led him out of the court.
Aderibigbe had earlier, while ruling on the first five counts of the charge, pronounced Adesanmi guilty of act intended to cause harm contrary to Section 332 (3) of Criminal Code of Osun State and to commit crime with explosive Contrary to Section 514 of Criminal Code of Osun State.
He subsequently slammed a combined sentence of 40 years jail term with no option of fine on Adesanmi for the first five counts.
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