Ma­son bags 12 months im­pris­on­ment for steal­ing wire ca­ble worth N2.5m

Daily Trust - - BUSINESS -

A Grade 1 Area Court Karmo, Abuja, on Tues­day sen­tenced a ma­son Aliyu Ab­dul­ra­haman, to 12 months im­pris­on­ment for steal­ing wire ca­ble worth N2.5 mil­lion.

Ab­dul­ra­haman, 35, who re­sides at Kaduna road, Suleja, Niger State, was ar­raigned on one count charge of theft.

The pre­sid­ing Al­haji Abubakar judge, Sadiq, how­ever, gave the con­vict an op­tion to pay N20, 000 fine.

He also or­dered Ab­dul­ra­haman to pay N2. 5 mil­lion to the com­plainant as com­pen­sa­tion or re­turn the wire.

Sadiq said the con­vict must re­turn the wire or pay the N2.5 mil­lion to serve as de­ter­rent to other would-be­of­fend­ers and warned him to de­sist from com­mit­ting crime.

Be­fore the judg­ment was de­liv­ered, Ab­dul­ra­haman, who had pleaded guilty to the charge, prayed the court to tem­per jus­tice with mercy, say­ing he needed money ur­gently.

Ear­lier, the pros­e­cu­tor, Florence Auhioboh, told the court that one Gabriel Zango, of Mazado Plaza Utako, Abuja, re­ported the mat­ter at Gwarimpa Po­lice sta­tion, Abuja on July 26.

Auhioboh, said on that day, the con­vict went to the com­plainant site at Katampe ex­ten­sion Gwarimpa and stole the ca­ble wire val­ued N 2.5 mil­lion.

He said that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the con­vict con­fessed to the crime.

The pros­e­cu­tor said the of­fence is pun­ish­able un­der sec­tion 287 of the pe­nal code.

(NAN)

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