Pastor to die by hanging for murder

Osagie Otabor, Akure

An Ondo state pastor, Kolawole Samson, was sentenced to death by hanging for killing an Ayo Olaniyi in a village near the state's Okeigbo area.


The late Olaniyi, in March 2016, went to hunt frogs alongside three others in a fish pond by Pastor Kolawole.

Pastor Kolawole was sentenced to death by an Ondo State Supreme Court, seated in Akure, chaired by Judge Ademola Bola.

Kolawole was found guilty of inflicting injuries on the deceased's head with a machete.


The deceased later died in a hospital where he was admitted.

The prosecuting attorney, Olusegun Akeredolu and Omotola Ologun, argued that the crime was contrary to Section 316 and punishable under Section 319 of the Penal Code, Chapter 37, Ondo State Laws (2006).


The deceased's mother was one of the witnesses called to testify during the trial.

Pastor Kolawole, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Judge Bola, however, ruled that all evidence before the court showed that Pastor Kolawole was guilty of killing Olaniyi.

The judge held that Samson Kolawole should be hanged.


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