- A man has been docked for stealing a copy of Holy Qur'an and a pair of shoes in Abuja Mosque
- He was ordered by the court to receive 10 strokes of cane for his dishonest act
- The presiding judge, Abubakar Sadiq, said the court gave the accused a 'light punishment' because he did not waste the court’s time
A man identified as Auwal Muazu, got six strokes of cane for dishonestly stealing a copy of the Holy Qur'an and a pair of shoes of a worshipper in an Abuja mosque.
NAIJ.com gathered that a Karmo grade I area court, Abuja, gave the order on Friday, May 3, following a guilty plea by Muazu, who resides at Utako area of Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
Muazu was docked on one count charge of theft. The presiding judge, Abubakar Sadiq, said that the court gave Muazu a “light punishment” because he did not waste the court’s time.
Sadiq who warned Muazu to shun crime and become good citizen, hoped that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Okagha Ijeoma, told the court that Muazu committed the offences on April 27, at about 1.30pm.
Ijeome told the court that the complainant, one Hadiyatullahi Abdulgani of national forum headquarters Utako Abuja, reported the matter at the Utako police station on the same date.
Ijeoma said that on April 27 at 1.30pm, the convict pretended as a worshipper and entered into the national forum mosque and dishonestly stole a copy of Qur'an.
Ijeoma added that Muazu also stole a pair of shoes belonging to a worshiper but he was arrested and handed over to the police for proper investigations.
She said that the police recovered the stolen items from Muazu during investigations.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code.
Ijeoma had prayed the court to try the accused summarily under Section 347 of the Administration of Criminal Justices Act, 2015, following his admission of guilt. (NAN)
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