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Court sentences 18 year-old scavenger to 8 months imprisonment

An Abuja Grade 1 Area Court, sitting in Kado on Tuesday sentenced a scavenger, Yakubu Jibril, 18, to eight months in prison for vandalism.

He was arraigned for joint act, criminal trespass and theft.

The Presiding Judge, Alhaji Ahmed Ado, sentenced the convict without an option to pay a fine after he pleaded guilty.

Ado, however, gave the convict an option to pay nine thousand naira.

“The punishment is to make you change your lifestyle from that of crime to being a good citizen,” he stated.

Earlier the Prosecutor, Mr Simon Ibrahim, told the court that the convict and one other, now at large, trespassed into Globacom Communication Company Ltd and vandalised water pumping machine.

Ibrahim said that one Tosin Adiel, a security guard attached to the company in Wuse 2, Abuja reported the matter to the Utako Police Station on Jan. 30.

After the convict’s guilty plea, the prosecutor prayed the court to summarily sentence him under Section 157 (1) of the Criminal Procedure Code.

The section states that “if an accused admits that he has committed the offence of which he is accused, his admission shall be recorded. It adds that this must “be nearly as possible, in the words used by the accused and if he shows no sufficient cause why he should not be convicted, the court may convict him accordingly’’.

He said the offence contravened the provision of Sections 79, 287 and 427 of the Penal Code. (NAN)



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