Justice Mobolanle Okikiolu-Ighile of the Igbosere High Court, on Tuesday sentenced a Togolese cook, Sunday Adefonou Anani, for murdering his boss, Chief Executive Officer of Credit Switch Ltd, Ope Bademosi.
Anani was employed by Bademosi on October 28 2018. Three days later, he stabbed the deceased with a knife on his chest in his Parview residence on October 31st 2018.
Following his plea of guilty to a one-count charge of voluntary manslaughter, Justice Okikiolu-Ighile convicted him.
During the trial, Anani confessed to the court that he stabbed Chief Bademosi to death in his Ikoyi, Lagos home, while trying to rob him. He also confessed to the court that he was the person caught on Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) fleeing the scene of the crime, after the murder.
Anani was originally arraigned on a two-count charge of murder and armed robbery which could have fetched him a sentence of death by hanging on conviction, but he struck a plea bargain deal with the Lagos State Government soon after the trial commenced.
Delivering judgement in the case today, Justice Okikiolu-Ighile said
“it is annoying that a young man like this would involve himself in this kind of crime. What did he hope to achieve in life involving himself in this kind of crime, I ask? It is very painful that a young boy whom the family of Bademosi welcomed in their home as a cook ended up causing so much havoc and endless pain. It is even more painful that the defendant had no motive of working but came into the house with a criminal intention to steal to kill and to destroy. The defendant admitted ‘I killed him.’ This was an innocent and unsuspecting family.”
Upholding the plea bargain and sentence agreement, the judge held that “Sunday Adefonou Anani, defendant of this court, is hereby sentenced to life imprisonment. The term of imprisonment shall commence from today (yesterday) June 25, 2019.”