Day unfortunate armed robber met  waterloo in Akure

By Sunmola Olowookere
She said that she however got frightened when she observed him dipping his hand into his pocket and quickly released him as she suspected that he was going to bring out a gun.

It was a drama of sorts along Oyemekun road in the Akure metropolis, capital of Ondo state when an armed robbery operation by an unfortunate armed robber, Chukwuma Okoro on a motorcycle got botched.

The victim of the robbery incident, Miss Okole Blessing while giving evidence before a high court judge, Justice Williams Olamide narrated how the botched armed robbery.

The happened accused person was dragged before the court on charges of conspiracy to commit armed robbery, armed robbery and illegal possession of firearms.

According to the counts, he was alleged to have robbed his victim of N550, 000 while armed with offensive weapons such as a locally made double barreled gun and five  live cartridges.

The witness who stated that she works for a popular supermarket along Oyemekun Road said that she was going to Skye Bank to deposit the above mentioned sum on 7th October, 2017 around 7 p.m when she was attacked by the defendant.

She explained that he was dressed like a motorcyclist popularly known as “Okadaman” by the public. She said further that he was putting on a pullover and a head warmer though she couldn’t see any motorcycle near him.

She claimed that as she walked along the road towards the bank, she noticed another motorcyclist approaching and noticed the first one on foot signal to the one on the motorcycle to take her bag.

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She stated that as the motorcyclists approached her, she tried to run but he was very fast and he grabbed her bag while she struggled with him to  take back her bag while holding on to the collar of his pullover so that he could not leave.

She said that she however got frightened when she observed him dipping his hand into his pocket and quickly released him as she suspected that he was going to bring out a gun.

“He then tried to run away but his motorcycle was already unbalanced, so he could not leave quickly and through out our struggle, I was shouting for help so people had gathered at the culvert though they could not come closer out of fear too.

” I was some feet away from him when he fell  off the motorcycle and the bag dropped from his grasp. As  people rushed towards him, I quickly came to the scene to pick my bag and run off to our shop,” she narrated.

She also claimed that as the people around grabbed him to take him to the police station, the gun which she suspected that he was about to bring out during their encounter fell from his pocket and the people arrested him along with the gun and took him to the police station.

She said that she later went to the police station to write her statement.

The defense counsel, Barr Yetunde Ademigoke while cross examining the witness asked several questions and was particular about the said money’s whereabouts as she described it as one of the exhibits which should be before the court.

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However, the witness told her that it had been released to her long before the case was transferred to court.

The prosecuting counsel, O.C Ologun called the second witness, Sergeant Mary Adebayo with Force No. 023232 to the witness stand.

The witness stated that she was on duty between two p.m and 10 p.m and that around 9p.m, the defendant was brought to the ‘A’ Division Police station by a group of people led by one Orisadare Taiwo who reported that he was in the front of his house when he heard the shout of “thief”.

She explained that he had rushed to the scene and met the defendant with a gun in his hand and claimed that the defendant was about  to fire a shot when he was disarmed.

The witness told the court that the weapon was a double muzzled local made gun with 5 live cartridges inside it when the defendant was brought to the police station.

She stated that she obtained statements from all concerned parties and that the defendant made a confessional statement at the police station.

She stated that she had also visited the scene of crime and the case was then transferred to FSARS along with the defendant, their statements and other exhibits for further investigation.

The prosecution sought to tender the statement of the defendant but the motion was objected to by the defense counsel on grounds that there was no legal representation as at the time of obtaining the statement of the defendant às stipulated by the Administration of Criminal Justice Law (ACJL).

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The prosecution countered that the absence of a legal representation was due to the odd hour in which the offense was committed as it was late at night when they could not find any lawyer on ground.

The prosecution further urged the court to admit the said document while citing some relevant sections of the Evidence act of 2011 which supported admissibility of the confessional statement in spite of the irregularities taking into cognizance its relevance to the case.

The judge, Justice Williams Olamide admitted the confessional statement as evidence and marked it as an exhibit before the court.

Thereafter, he adjourned the case till October 2nd, 2018 for continuation of hearing.


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