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“I became armed robber after I dropped out in JSS 3,” says 16-Year-Old boy in Court for stealing N15k

A 16-year-old boy who is currently in court for stealing N15,000 and other charges has confessed that he became an armed robber after he dropped out from school in JSS3.

The boy was accused to conspire with others to commit the offenses of armed robbery and rape.

According to the State Prosecutor, Oluwasegun Akeredolu, the boy robbed one Serifat Tijani of N15,000, while armed with a dangerous weapon.

The Prosecutor also revealed that the accused person also attempted to have unlawful carnal knowledge of Tijani after he had robbed her of her money but did not succeed due to the help of people who ran to the scene to rescue her.

Adding that the accused person also broke into the house of another victim, Mewo Kolawole and stole clothes belonging to his children.

The offenses contravened Sections 410, 390 (9), 6 (b), 1 (2) (a) and (b) 359, 411 and 2 (2) (a)  of the Robbery and Firearms (Special Provisions) Act, Cap RIl, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria, 2004.

According to Vanguard, the 16-year-old boy who was not represented by any lawyer told the court that he did not act alone but has a boss whom he delivers stolen items to anytime he goes out for robbery.

Narrating his story in an Akure Chief Magistrate’s court, boy said:

“I dropped out from school when I finished my JSS3 examination when my father could no longer sponsor me. I became a street boy. That was how I met one brother in our camp named Ola Igbekoyi who introduced me to armed robbery.”

“I attended  St Breeders primary school Lamidifa along Ode Irele Road, Ondo State. Later I was admitted into Adetola Model College, Idi Mango, Ore, in Ondo State. I left school due to financial constraints. Since then I have been involved in armed robbery,”

He confessed that he had been stealing cocoa beans from different farms in Araromi, and was apprehended by the community people on one of the occasions.

According to him,  his father was fined some amount of money: a male goat, and also a lot of alcoholic drinks and he did as they demanded before they could release him.

He fingered Igbekoyi as his boss who taught him how to rob.

“He sent me to rob one woman in August, which I succeeded in by forcefully collecting N3,200 from her, and raped her while I threatened her with a matchet. I gave the money to Ola Igbekoyi, he gave me N1,200 out of the money.

“In November, I went to a farm close to my house, based on the information given to me by my boss. When I got to the farm, I met the woman and greeted her, she asked if I needed money to eat and I answered her by stretching my hand with the hope of collecting the money instead of giving me the money, she took it to her heels.

“I ran after her and she fell down and got injured. She tried to collect the cutlass from me and at the same time asked what I wanted and I told her that I needed her money and she gave me N15,000. And my boss gave me N5,000 from the money.

“I was about to rape the woman when I was arrested ”

According to him, Igbekoyi popularly known as Sheboy was an ex-convict who lured him into the act names who to rob.

Akeredolu urged the court to adjourn the case to enable him to prepare his documents to arraign the accused in the proper court.

The presiding Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Folasade Aduroja in her ruling ordered that the accused person be remanded in the Juvenile Home.

Aduroja has adjourned the matter till February 8, 2022, for his arraignment in family court.

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