An Ekiti State High Court in Ado Ekiti, on Monday, sentenced one Ademola Oluwaseun, 19, to life imprisonment for attempted armed robbery
In his judgment, the judge, Lekan Ogunmoye, said although the convict was charged for the offence of armed robbery, evidence before the court only established the offence of attempted armed robbery against him.
Mr Ogunmoye said there was no evidence that he succeeded in stealing anything from his victim when he was caught.
The judge, however, said the sole issue for determination had been resolved partly in favour of the prosecution.
“I reiterate that the defendant is convicted for the offence of attempted armed robbery. He is sentenced to life imprisonment,” the judge said.
The Prosecutor, Dolapo Oyewole, told the court the convict committed the offence on May 6, 2017 in the Idolofin area of Ado Ekiti.
Mr Oyewole said the convict, armed with a gun, robbed one Arowolo Suleiman of his Bajaj motorcycle with registration number (OGUN) LAR 223 VC.
According to him, Mr Suleiman is a commercial motorcyclist in Ado-Ekiti.
The prosecutor called three witnesses and also tendered the motorcycle as exhibits
He said the offence contravened Section 402(2) of the Criminal, CAP. C16, Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.
Mr Suleiman, while narrating his ordeal, told the court he conveyed Mr Oluwaseun and one other, now at large, from Oke-Ila to Idolofin in Ado-Ekiti about 6:30 a.m.
Mr Suleiman said on getting there, one of them pointed a gun at him and commanded him to lay face down inside a drainage.
The victim said before the convict could escape with the motorcycle, he stood up and pushed them down from his motorcycle.
He said his shout for help attracted neighbours, who chased Mr Oluwaseun and the other now at large, that led to the arrest of the convict while his accomplice escaped.
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