Mubarak Akadiri, an 18-year-old teenager, testified before the Ondo State Magistrates’ Court in Akure that he killed Sidikat Adamolekun, his mother’s employer, when she discovered him swiping her phone.

At her home in Arigidi Akoko in the Akoko North-West Local Government Area of Ondo, the adolescent is accused of killing the 63-year-old former head teacher and stealing her phone in November. The suspect is the housemaid’s son, the late head teacher.

Following that, he was taken into custody by state police command agents, and on Thursday, November 30, 2023, he was charged with one count of murder.

Simon Wada, the police prosecutor, told the court that the defendant had committed the crime in Simiileolowa Quarters in Arigidi Akoko on November 14, 2023, at around 3:30 a.m.

The accusation stated, “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.”

Section 319 of the Criminal Code, Cap. 37, Vol. 1, Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006, was cited by the prosecutor as the offence committed.

Without an attorney present, Akadiri said in court that he had struck the deceased in the head with a wooden stool when she discovered him taking her phone.

“As usual, I went to the house to work and I later came back to steal her Samsung phone,” he stated.

Sadly, I was apprehended by the deceased after stealing the phone. She then held me. I whacked her head with a wooden stool in an attempt to get away, but the elderly woman kept yelling for assistance. After that, I struck her on the head until she fell and died.”

The prosecutor urged the court to remand the defendant at the Olokuta Correctional Centre pending advice from the Director of Public Prosecutions.

Ruling, 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 and adjourned the case till March 15, 2024, for mention.