Abuja – An Abuja Grade 2 Area Court in Kado on Wednesday sentenced a 28-year-old man, Isah Abdullahi, to four months in prison for stealing seven pairs of shoes from a mosque.
Abdullahi of Utako Village, Abuja, was arraigned by the police for theft.
The Presiding Officer, Mr Ahmed Ado, sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge.
Ado, however, sentenced the convict to four months in prison with hard labour and with no option of fine after hearing that he came from Zaria to earn a living.
The presiding officer said that Abdullahi was a heartless man, having stolen from a mosque.
He said that if anyone could go to a church or mosque to steal, it meant that the person was heartless and could do worst things anywhere.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Simeon Ibrahim, told the court that Abdulrazak Abdullahi, the Chief Imam of Utako Village Mosque, Abuja, lodged a report against the accused at the Utako Police Station.
Ibrahim said the complainant reported that the convict had, while the Isha’i prayer was going on inside the mosque, formed criminal intention and dishonestly stole seven different pairs of shoes.
He said the shoes belonged to the worshipers who had come to the mosque for prayers.
The convict was caught red-handed.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code.
Ibrahim said that the shoes had been recovered from the convict and that he confessed to stealing them. (NAN)