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Gun-wielding Teenager steals phone, gets Death Sentence in Ekiti



Gun-wielding Teenager steals phone, gets Death Sentence in EkitiAn Ado-Ekiti High Court on Thursday sentenced a 19-year-old boy, Adeolu Bamiteko, to death by hanging for armed robbery.

The Judge, Justice John Adeyeye, who handed the sentence, also slammed another 10-year jail term on the convict for unlawful possession of firearms.

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

He said that Bamiteko was arrested and arraigned alongside a 12-year-old boy, Ayobami O., on a three-count charge of conspiracy, robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.

The court, Adeyeye said, discharged the boy on grounds of being underage in line with Section 30 of the Criminal Code.

He said Bamiteko’s charge sheet stated that he robbed one Adefunke Amire of her Nokia phone near the Ewi’s Palace in Ado-Ekiti on July 14, 2016, with a locally-made pistol with live cartridge and one knife.

The judge said that the convict was arraigned on February 16, 2017, and he pleaded not guilty to the charge.

Adeyeye said that the prosecution called three witnesses to prove the case while the accused did not call any witness.

He also said that the prosecution tendered exhibits such as the statement of the accused, items stolen from the victim and one locally-made pistol with live cartridge.

Others were one knife, two Nokia phones and a gold wristwatch which were admitted as exhibits.

He held that the court found Bamiteko guilty of armed robbery and unlawful possession of firearm as contained in counts one to three and accordingly convicted him.

“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 10 years imprisonment,” the judge ruled.

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  1. Kanyinsola

    July 14, 2017 at 8:23 am

    So stealing a phone and being in possession of a firearm is equal to death by hanging….

    But stealing public funds and depriving citizens of very very basic social amenities and infrastructure is equal to being a senate president, governor, minister and president.

    Kidnapping people and demanding high and unimaginable ransom equal to being a media sensation and probably even kidnapping ambassador.

    Interesting times… Very interesting times….

    • Blessedheart

      July 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

      The constitution does not seem to favour the poor but the fact remains that armed robbery is a grievous offence. If you look at it from the perspective of people losing their lives over a common phone (which has happened numerous times), you would realise that this judgement is right. What we need to do is to make stealing public funds a capital offence but that is very unlikely to happen as the foxes have been appointed to protect the chickens in this country


    July 14, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Yes, Adeolu Bamiteko as stated above might have committed the said offence and the law holds on him but I feel mercy can still prevail over judgement, this is why Jesus die on the cross that we might be forgiven. Barabbas need not to die again cause Jesus Christ was exchange for his guilt and offence. Our society needs to come together in order to make aright what is wrong among the youth not everybody might be privileged to receive morals but some are just there at the street no care, no place for correction. I will not say this and that is responsible, but I feel everyone of us is responsible one way or the other;government, civic society,the homes, parent, religious body, you and me. God help our country. I believe Adeolu Bamiteko can be better than what he is now.

  3. D

    July 14, 2017 at 8:29 am

    Different law for different people in this naija. law for the rich, law for the poor, law for the middle class and law for the politician. So he stole a Nokia phone and he deserves to die by hanging. Nigeria! I raise Beyonce hand for my country.

  4. zzzzzzzzzzz

    July 14, 2017 at 8:36 am

    This does not seem fair

  5. Ol'tosin

    July 14, 2017 at 8:44 am

    so because he stole a fone now he deserve to die by hanging bt wat abt evans nd lot more, wat did dey deserved

    • Daisy

      July 17, 2017 at 1:27 pm

      It’s not about the phone. It’s because he was armed. Armed robbery is a grievous offense and if found guilty, death sentence unless the Judge decides to be lenient. I however fault this judgment seeing as the accused is still a minor and is probably a first time offender. The death sentence was really an over-reach.

  6. I

    July 14, 2017 at 8:55 am

    It’s not about the phone, it’s about the fire arms. He was armed! People die because of phone thieves in Nigeria. So I’m sorry if I’m not sympathetic. The only reason I feel pity for him is because he’s a teenager. Armed robbery is a capital offense in Nigeria so better get in line with the memo.

    • curi0s

      July 14, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      i know of a church member who was shot because of his phone in warri. As at the time he died…he had little daughter and his wife was pregnant with their second child…it was a very painful experience. I see the wife and kids in church occasionally she gave birth to a cute boy… i don’t know if she has fully recovered from the whole thing. The little boy never knew his father. I am not a fan of capital punishment and i hate jungle justice even more. But if you have had such an experience.. at those moments…you would think the worst. When these guys approach you with guns they won’t hesitate to use it…cos they fear that if they get caught they would be killed or go to jail..

  7. Dr.N

    July 14, 2017 at 11:00 am

    What a waste of potential!
    I hope the 12 year old learns from this and gets rehabilitated

    • nene+

      July 14, 2017 at 12:45 pm

      I don’t understand the sympathy for this armed robber. God knows i prefare a corrupt politician to a badoo /armed robber/….ritualist
      Politicians will certainly have opposition but the other idiots snuff life. Life is precious abeg

  8. rain

    July 14, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    armed robbery attracts death sentence,,…….it doesnt matter whether its mobile phone or a pin. thats what the law says

  9. Deb

    July 14, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    He was in possession of arms. Fired arms. It’s an offense punishable by death because possession of fire arms is an indication of intention to cause grevious bodily harm that might result to death.

  10. Jane(the real Jane)

    July 14, 2017 at 2:50 pm

    He’s just 19….he didn’t kill anyone, the judge should have towed a restorative path

  11. Jenti

    July 14, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    How many of us can look back at being 19 and not learn from a lot of mistakes…including the judge..what about a juvenile home for the 12 year old. What kind of judge is this biko?? How can you sentence a 12 year old to 10years imprisonment..for what??how will staying in prison make him a better person..but a politician steals billions of naira and judges involved in unspeakable atrocities ..yet they don’t stay in public custody for 2 hours without the world going bonkers ….Mr jailer please temper justice with mercy..have a rethink and I beg the authorities to weigh in this matter..every child needs a chance to learn from mistakes and not capital punishment.

  12. tunmi

    July 16, 2017 at 3:25 am

    This is excessive. No one died.

    And we’re just letting underage people commit crimes now?

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