Stu­dent jailed for steal­ing N40,000

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AGrade 1 Area Court in Dutse, Abuja, on Fri­day sen­tenced a 24-year-old stu­dent, Aliyu Musa, to six months in prison for steal­ing N40, 000 with a stolen ATM card, the News Agency of Nige­ria re­ports.

The Pre­sid­ing Of­fi­cer, Suleiman Mo­hammed, who tried and found Musa guilty how­ever, gave him an op­tion to pay N30, 000 as fine.

Mo­hammed held that the con­vict failed to give the court a rea­son­able ex­pla­na­tion why he com­mit­ted the crime.

He also or­dered that the money seized from the con­vict by the po­lice be re­turned to its owner.

Musa, who re­sides in the Ushafa area of Bwari, was con­victed of joint act and theft. He pleaded guilty.

The pros­e­cu­tor, Tunde Arowolo, told the court that the con­vict was re­ported at the Bwari Po­lice Station by one Em­manuel Anyade, a busi­ness­man in Ushafa vil­lage, Bwari, on De­cem­ber 14.

Ac­cord­ing to Arowolo, the con­vict went to the com­plainant’s shop where he op­er­ated mo­bile money trans­ac­tions through POS and with­drew N40, 000 from a First Bank ac­count be­long­ing to one

Amadi Ogechi.

He said, “He (con­vict) also re­turned the next day to with­draw another N20,000 from the same ac­count when the owner of the shop asked him to pro­duce an iden­tity card that cor­re­sponded with the ac­count.

“He failed to do that and was thereby ar­rested.”

The pros­e­cu­tion added that dur­ing po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the con­vict also con­fessed to the crime but said that he was sent by one Musa Mai­wake presently at large to with­draw the money and take it to him at Maraba in Nasarawa State.

The pros­e­cu­tion noted that the act con­tra­vened sec­tions 79 and 287 of the pe­nal code.

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