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A High court sitting in Oyo State, on Friday sentenced to death a 37-year-old man, Adeyemi Morenikeji, after he was found guilty of killing Mrs Racheal Ayanwale, his boss’s wife as a vengeful action against his boss for sacking him.


Morenikeji was a former truck driver for the husband of the deceased.

According to him in a confession when he was paraded at the Police headquarters of Eleyele, Ibadan in April 2019, Morenikeji stated that he killed his boss’s wife as revenge after he was sacked by his boss.

The accused further narrated that on April 11, 2019, he lured the woman out of her office on the pretext of helping her to find a spiritual solution to her marital problem.

“I strangled Mrs Ayanwale, left her body by the riverside, and went away with her Pontiac Vibe vehicle,” he confessed.

One week after the murder, Morenikeji was arrested by the Oyo State Police Command in Sango-Ota, Ogun State, and has been prosecuted accordingly.

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Justice Adenike Adeeyo of the High Court of Justice in Oyo State in her ruling on Friday, July 16, stated the court had gone through all the proof of evidence as provided by the list of witnesses and the list of exhibits such as the statement of the defendant, Vibe Pontiac car Lag. KJA 67 CY Itel cell phone (all found in possession of the accused when arrested), there was sufficient evidence to convict the accused.

“This Honourable Court hereby sentences you, Aderemi Morenike, to 14 years imprisonment with hard labour for count 11, for robbing late Racheal Oyewunmi Ayanwale of her Pontiac Car and phones.

“This Court sentences you, Aderemi Morenikeji, to death for count 1 of the murder of one Racheal Ayanwale,” Adeeyo declared.

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