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Security guard jailed 16 months for stealing 3 bicycles

A Lugbe Grade I Area Court in Abuja on Thursday sentenced a 23-year-old security guard, Peter Elisha, to 16 months in prison for stealing three…

A Lugbe Grade I Area Court in Abuja on Thursday sentenced a 23-year-old security guard, Peter Elisha, to 16 months in prison for stealing three bicycles worth N1.9 million.

Elisha pleaded guilty to two counts of joint act and theft and begged the court for leniency.

The judge, Aliyu Kagarko, gave the convict an option of N60,000 fine. Kagarko also ordered the convict to pay compensation of N1.5 million to the owner of the bicycles.

The judge warned the convict to be a good citizen and desist from committing crimes. He said the punishment would have been stiffer if the convict had not saved the court from the rigours of protracted prosecution. Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Mr Stanley Nwaforaku, told the court that the complainant, Mohammed Aliyu, of Durumi Abuja reported the matter at the Durumi Police station on Dec. 23.

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Nwaforaku said that on Dec.17 at about 6am, the convict stole three bicycles valued at N 1.9 million belonging to one Mr Jonah Izuka, who lives on 316 Francis Okoro Street in Durumi, Abuja.

The prosecutor said during police investigation, the convict confessed and one of the said bicycles worth N400,000 was recovered from one of his friends, Ali Hassan.

He added that the offence contravened sections 79 and  287  of the Penal Code. (NAN)

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