- Mohammed Yusuf, a facility manager, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for diversion of electricity supply from a meter
- Yusuf, who resides at River Park Estate, Lugbe, was sentenced on a count charge of theft
- The magistrate, Abdulmajid Oniyangi, however, gave the convict N8,000 option of fine
A 36-year-old facility manager, Mohammed Yusuf, has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for diversion of electricity supply from a meter.
Yusuf, who resides at River Park Estate, Lugbe, was on Friday, August 3, sentenced on a count charge of theft by the Wuse zone 6 chief magistrates’ court, Abuja. The magistrate, Abdulmajid Oniyangi, however, gave the convict N8,000 option of fine,
Leadership reports that Oniyangi said the court was lenient because he had no record of previous conviction. He, however, warned the convict to be of good behaviour and desist from any criminal activities.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Pureheart Agabaenwere, had informed the court that the Revenue Protection Unit of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company (AEDC), during a routine inspection on February 7, discovered that the convict had been consuming electricity in the facility office without authorisation.
Agabaenwere said the convict diverted electricity current from meter number 45700180271 to direct supply of the AEDC network.
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He said that during investigation, the defendant admitted to have committed the offence. The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 286 (b), punishable under Section 287 of the Penal Code.
Following the plea of the convict, the prosecutor prayed the court to try him summarily, under Section 118 (2) of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that a 38-year-old farmer, Francis Williams, was sentenced to death by hanging by a Delta state high court sitting at Ozoro for robbing his victim of N170 and a Nokia phone valued at N5,000.
The court presided over by Justice A.O. Akpovi sentenced the farmer having found him guilty of the charge of armed robbery punishable under section (1(2)(a) of the robbery and firearms (Special Provision) Act Cap RII Volume 14 Laws of the Federation , 2004.
Justice Akpovi also found the accused guilty on the charge of wounding his victims with intent which got him a life sentence and illegal possession of firearms with a sentence of 10 years imprisonment respectively.
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