An Ekiti State High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old man, Adeolu Bamiteko, to death after he was found guilty of armed robbery. Bamiteko also bagged an imprisonment of 10 years for the offence of unlawful possession of firearms.
Justice John Adeyeye 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.
Bamiteko was arrested and arraigned alongside a 12-year-old boy, Ayobami Ojo but the latter was discharged by the court having been an underage person in line with Section 30 of the Criminal Code.
He was arraigned on three counts charge of conspiracy, robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.
According to the charge sheet, the accused robbed one Adefunke Amire of her Nokia phone at a location near the Ewi’s Palace in Ado-Ekiti on 14th July, 2016 while armed with offensive weapons like a locally-made pistol with live cartridge and one knife.
The accused was first arraigned in court on 16th February, 2017 and he pleaded not guilty to the charge. The prosecution called three witnesses to prove the case while the accused did not call any witness.
During the pendency of the case, exhibits such as the accused’s statement volunteered to the police, items stolen from the victim, weapons found on the accused and a golden wristwatch which were tendered and admitted.
Justice Adeyeye held: “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 2nd defendant is sentenced to ten years imprisonment; both sentences are to run concurrently.”