A 21-year-old student, Sunday Anthony, was sentenced to nine months imprisonment
for stealing a bottle of palm oil by an Upper Area Court sitting in Masaka, Nasarawa
State, on Tuesday.
According to reports, the Judge, Mr. Yakubu Ishaku, was said to have sentenced the
convict, a resident of Jankawa Masaka, Nasarawa State after pleading guilty to the
two-count of criminal trespass and theft.
However, the convict, begged for forgiveness, and as a result was given N10, 000
option of fine.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor, Frank Swem, had earlier told the court that two
complainants, Ibrahim Christiana and Benjamin Uzor, both Anthony’s co-tenants,
reported the matter at the Divisional Police Headquarters, Masaka, on Jan. 5.
Swem said on Jan. 2, at about 6 p.m., the defendant criminally trespassed into the
apartments and carted away the following items: a bottle of palm oil and 62 ‘mudu’ of
beans all valued at N29, 850.
He said that when the defendant was arrested and interrogated, he confessed to the
crime. Adding that, the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 348 and 287
of the Penal Code.