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I killed Akoko retired head teacher to escape – Teenager tells court

By Ayodele Popoola & Oghenemaro Eruteyan

An 18-year-old fashion designer, Mubarak Akadiri, yesterday told an Akure Magistrate Court, why he killed a 62-year-old retired head teacher, Mrs Sidikat Adamolekun, in her house after stealing her phone.

Akadiri, is said to be the son of the late headmistress’ housemaid.

The defendant dazed the audience in the open court, when he made shocking revelations that he hit the head of the deceased with a wooden stool repeatedly when she caught him while attempting to steal her phone.

Akadiri confessed, “As usual, I went to the house to work and I later came back to steal her Samsung phone.

“Unfortunately, the deceased caught me after I’d stolen the phone. So, she held me. In an attempt to escape, I used a wooden stool to hit her head, but the old woman kept shouting for help. Thereafter, I hit her repeatedly on her head until she fell and died.”

Akadiri was arraigned before the Court by the police and charged with a single count of murder.

The police prosecutor, Simon Wada, informed the court that the defendant committed the offence on November 14, 2023, at about 11:30 am at Simiileolowa Quarters, Arigidi Akoko.

The defendant was alleged of killing one Madam Sidikat Adamolekun, by hitting her with a wooden stool on her head while he dispossessed her of her Android Samsung phone valued at N66,000.

The charge reads in part, “That you, Akadiri Mubarak ‘m’ on November 14, 2023 at about 11:30 am at Simileoluwa Quarters, Arigidi Akoko in the Ondo State Magisterial District, did unlawfully kill Madam Sidikat Adamolekun, a retired headmistress, by hitting her with a wooden stool on her head while dispossessing her of her Android Samsung phone valued at N66,000.00.”

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The offence, according to the prosecution, contravenes Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol.1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

The plea of the defendant, who had no legal representation, was not taken.

Due to the nature of the offence, the prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendant at the Olokuta Correctional Centre pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Magistrate Damilola Sekoni granted the remand application and ordered that the defendant be remanded at the Olokuta Correctional Centre, pending the outcome of the DPP’s advice.

Sekoni adjourned the case till March 15, 2024, for mention.

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