NIGERIA: COURT SENTENCES TEENAGER TO DEATH BY HANGING
July 13, 2017:
A 19-year-old male, Adeolu Bamiteko, was sentenced to death for armed robbery by an Ekiti High Court sitting in Ado-Ekiti. (Sources: The Nigerian Expression, July 13, 2017)
The court presided over by Justice John Adeyeye, also sentenced Bamiteko to 10 years imprisonment for unlawful possession of firearms.
Adeyeye held that the accused was found guilty having contravened Section 6(b) of the 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, who was later discharged by the court due to his age.
The convict was arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, robbery and unlawful possession of firearms.
According to the charge sheet, the accused had robbed one Adefunke Amire of her Nokia cell phone near the Ewi’s palace in Ado-Ekiti on July 14, 2016 while armed with a locally-made pistol with live cartridge and one knife.
The convict, who was first arraigned on Feb. 16, had pleaded not guilty to the charge.