14 July 2017

Nigeria: Court Sentences 19-Year-Old Man to Death for Robbery in Ekiti

A 19-year-old man, Adeolu Bamiteko, was yesterday sentenced to death by an Ado Ekiti High Court after he was found guilty of armed robbery.

Bamiteko who was arraigned on three counts charge of conspiracy, robbery and unlawful possession of firearms also bagged an imprisonment of 10 years for the third offence.

The convict was arrested and arraigned alongside a 12-year-old boy, Ayobami Ojo who was discharged by the court being been an underage person in line with Section 30 of the Criminal Code.

The convict, according to the charge shee, on the14th July, 2016, robbed one Adefunke Amire of her Nokia phone near the Ewi's Palace in Ado-Ekiti , while armed with offensive weapons like a locally-made pistol with live cartridge and one knife.

Bamiteko who was first arraigned in court on 16th February, 2017 pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against him. The prosecution called three witnesses to prove the case while the accused did not call any witness.

His statement one locally-made pistol with live cartridge, one knife, two Nokia phones and a golden wristwatch which were exhibits tendered and admitted.

Justice John Adeyeye who presided over the hearing held that the accused was guilty as charged having committed the offence contrary to Section 6(b) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

Justice Adeyeye said: "The court hereby discharge the 1st defendant (Ojo) pursuant to Section 30 of the Criminal Code. But the 2nd defendant (Bamiteko) is found guilty of armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearm as contained in Counts One to Three and he is accordingly convicted.

"On Count Two, the sentence of armed robbery is mandatory in respect of which I have no discretion. Therefore, the 2nd defendant is sentenced to death by hanging until he be dead. May the Lord have mercy on your soul.

"On Count Three, the second defendant is sentenced to ten years imprisonment; both sentences are to run concurrently."

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