Court sentences 19-year-old robber to death for stealing phone

High court
High court

An Ado-Ekiti High Court on Thursday sentenced 19-year-old man, Adeolu Bamiteko, to death after he was found guilty of armed robbery.

He also got another 10 years sentence for unlawful possession of firearms.

Mr. Bamiteko was arrested and arraigned alongside a 12-year-old boy, Ayobami Ojo.

However, the court discharged Ojo, being an underage person in line with Section 30 of the Criminal Code.

Presiding judge, John Adeyeye, held the accused was guilty of the offences brought against him which are contrary to Section 6(b) of Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act Cap R11 Laws of Federation of Nigeria 2004.

He was specifically arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.

According to the charge sheet, the accused robbed one Adefunke Amire of her Nokia phone near the Ewi’s Palace in Ado-Ekiti on 14th July, 2016.

He was armed with a locally-made pistol with live cartridge and a knife.

Mr. Bamiteko had pleaded not guilty when he was first arraigned on February 16.

The prosecution called three witnesses to prove the case while the defence did not call any.

Exhibits such as the accused’s statement, items stolen from the victim, one locally-made pistol with live cartridge, one knife, two Nokia phones and a gold wristwatch were tendered before the court and admitted.


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  • Precious Onaimo


    This is madness.

    So if we can’t educate them we should kill them?

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      I’m sure he’s the only illiterate in Nigeria

      • Precious Onaimo

        How is death equitable to phone theft? Ignore the armed part cause our police force are drama queens. Aside he had no proper representation. His lawyer couldn’t even call a witness to testify to how he lived his childhood, his primary school if any. No one could testify to his past goood behavior. And you call this justice?

        This is murder!

  • bobisa

    And the herdsmen are walking freely with unlicensed riffles. Lord have mercy

    • Tunji Olarewaju

      I agree with you completely, but that doesn’t still justify his own crime. Anybody brought before the must get his or her own justice.

      • Olan

        And you called this justice? Where have you seen a robber getting life sentence talkless of death? He may be punished for robbery and illegal possession of firearm but you can’t be sentence to death except there’s murder involved. I doubt who trained these Nigeria judges. Besides, the guy is a teen. Though that’s doesn’t justice his robbery action but the judge should be lenient and make sure he go to juvenile rather than prison.