19-year-old sentenced to life imprisonment over failed bike theft

An Ekiti State High Court on Monday sentenced a 19-year-old man, Oluwaseun Ademola, to life imprisonment for attempted robbery.

The police prosecutor, Dolapo Oyewole, told the court that the offence was committed on May, 6, 2017 at the Idolofin area of Ado Ekiti, where Ademola robbed a rider, Arowolo Suleiman, of his Bajaj motorcycle.

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Oyewole said, “The offence is contrary to Section 402(2) of the Criminal Code Law, Cap.C16 Laws of Ekiti State of Nigeria, 2012.”

The victim, Suleiman, said he conveyed the defendant and one other, now at large, from the Oke-Ila area of Ado Ekiti, around 6.30am.

He added that on getting to Idolofin, one of them pointed a gun at him, adding that he was ordered to lie inside drainage, before they escaped with his motorcycle.

According to him, some dwellers gave the two men a chase and caught the defendant, while his accomplice escaped.

In his judgment, Justice Lekan Ogunmoye said although the defendant was charged with armed robbery, “evidence before the court only established the offence of attempted armed robbery against him, in that there was no evidence that he succeeded in stealing anything from his victim.”

“He is sentenced to life imprisonment,” the judge added.


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