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In Abuja: 31-year-old gets 8 months imprisonment


The accused pleaded guilty and was convicted on a two-count charge of criminal trespass and theft.

A Gudu Upper Area Court on Thursday in Abuja sentenced one Nasiru Bala to eight months imprisonment and seven strokes of the cane for car theft.

Bala, of no fixed address, pleaded guilty and was convicted on a two-count charge of criminal trespass and theft.

The Upper Area Court judge, Mr Umar Kagarko did not give the convict any option of fine.

He said instead, “this should serve as a deterrent to habitual criminals.’’

The prosecutor, Mr Donatus Agba had told the court that one Isah Isyaku reported the matter at Garki police station on Nov.25.

Agba said that the complainant had parked his Honda Civic car, with MB 212 outside the premises of Diamond bank, Area 3, Garki.

“When he came out of the bank where he went for a transaction, he discovered that the convict had  stolen the vehicle from where it was parked.

“He was arrested while driving the car away, and he admitted to the crime,’’ Agba said.

He also said that the convict said he had stolen other five vehicles within Area 3, Garki a month earlier, and sold them to one Kabiru Ibrahim– now at large.

“The vehicles are yet to be recovered,’’ Agba said.

He further disclosed that the keys of  Toyota and Honda car were recovered from the convict.

The prosecutor said that the offence was contrary to Sections 346 and 288 of the Penal Code. 

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