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The paper is a critical discourse on Femi Osofisan's Once upon Four Robbers and Aringindin and the Nightwatchmen. The paper discusses the playwright's view on the inefficacy of death penalty as a measure to curb the intractable menace of armed robbery in Nigeria. It also addresses the underlying stifling economic factors responsible for the prevalence of armed robbery in the society. Such factors include unemployment, hunger, poverty, inflation, greed, hoarding, graft, corruption, deprivation,doi:10.5539/ells.v2n3p115 fatcat:rpff5uf43vam5lrzkgtdqxug5e