- A young man of 20 years identified as James Egbe has been arraigned in an Abuja court for theft of a cell phone, Techno WX3
- The culprit pleaded guilty of the charge against him, adding that he stole so that he pay for his WASSC examination
- The presiding judge gave a verdict of four months in prison with an option of N10,000 as fine and as well as paying the money equivalent of the handset, N24,000, to the owner
A 20-year-old man, James Egbe, on Thursday, April 26, told a Kubwa, Abuja, Grade one, Area court that he stole a cell phone to pay for his West African School Certificate (WASC) examination.
Egbe of Kubwa, Abuja, had pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of criminal intimidation and theft. He, however, begged the court for mercy, saying that he would not commit crime again, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
The judge, Mohammed Marafa, however, convicted and sentenced Egbe to four months in prison with an option of N10,000 as fine.
Marafa also ordered Egbe to pay the complainant, Ani Obinna, a compensation of N24,000 and that if he failed to do so, he would serve additional two months in prison. The judge who said there was no excuse for committing crimes warned the convict to desist from doing so, adding that he must be punished to deter others.
The prosecutor, Babajide Olanipekun, had told the court that the complainant reported the matter at the Kubwa police station on Tuesday, April 3.
Oladipekun said Egbe attacked the complainant around St. Luke’s Catholic Church, Kubwa, and forcefully collected his Techno WX3 cell phone valued at N24,000 on March 31.
He further said the convict sold the cell phone to one Emmanuel Omeje for N11,000, adding that the offence contravened Sections 397 and 287 of the Penal Code.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the Rapid Response Squad (RRS) police detectives had arrested one Wale David for stealing the phone of another church member in a popular camp in Ogun state.
NAIJ.com gathered through a statement on RRS Facebook page that the accused was not just a church member; he was also engaged by the church to help clean up its premises after a special church service.
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