Monday, December 10, 2018 1:30 pm
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Monday sentenced a 32-year-old storekeeper, Julius Dauda, to three months imprisonment for stealing 10 bags of cement.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Dauda, of no fixed address, was arraigned on a count charge of theft.
Dauda pleaded guilty to the charge and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.
“I am sorry for stealing and I am pleading with the court to temper justices with mercy.
“I promise not to steal again; please sir, forgive me,’’ he pleaded.
The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, however, sentenced Dauda to three months imprisonment with a fine option of N5, 000.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, had told the court that on Dec. 4, the complainant, Sylvanus Ejike, of Idu Industrial Area, Abuja, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station.
Ukagha informed the court that the complainant employed Dauda as a storekeeper and security guard in his block industry at Idu Industrial Area, Abuja.
She said that Dauda stole his employer’s 10 bags of cement and other property valued at N1.5 million.
The prosecutor said that during police investigation, the convict admitted to have committed the offence.
Ukagha said that the convict confessed that he sold the cement to an unknown buyer and efforts to recover the property proved abortive.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 289 of the Penal Code.