Pastor Erinmole Adetokunbo and one Adedoyin Oyekanmi, have been sentenced to death for killing a seven-year-old boy for ritual purposes in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.
Justice Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Ikeja Special Offences Court sentenced the duo who changed their pleas from not guilty to guilty on Monday.
They convicts were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and murder.
According to News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), Lagos State government said the convicts committed the offences on June 7, 2017, at No. 6, Oke Oniburokun St., Odokekere, Ikorodu, Lagos.
The government said that the duo cut off the child’s head and buried it on a `church’ altar and threw the body into a canal.
The judge held that the case was pathetic, saying that the duo conspired and murdered the child.
“The defendants have committed a heinous crime and deserve no mercy.
“They have cruelly and intentionally killed a seven-year-old boy. This deprived him and his family of a bright destiny.
“Section 222 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State imposes death penalty for premeditated murder, and I have no hesitation in imposing the said punishment.
” I hereby sentence Adedoyin Oyekanmi and Erinwole Adetokunbo to death for killing Kazeem Rafiu.
May God have mercy on your souls,” she pronounced
The convicts were arraigned on Oct. 30, 2017, on a two-count charge and pleaded not guilty.