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January 4, 2024

Two teenagers jailed to nine months for stealing policeman’s phone

Two teenagers jailed to nine months for stealing policeman’s phone

A Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday sentenced two teenagers, Abdulrahman Abubakar and Yunusa Umar,  to nine months imprisonment each for stealing a police officer’s cell phone.

Abubakar and  Umar, both aged 18, labourers and residents of  Aya, Abuja, had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing and begged for leniency.

The Judge, Mr Aliyu Kagarko,  however, gave each of the teenagers an option of an N30,000 fine.

He warned them to desist from crime.

Kagarko also ordered the teenagers to pay N 7,000 as compensation to the owner of the phone.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Stanley Nwaforaku, told the court that the complainant, Sgt. Sidi Ibrahim, arrested and brought the teenagers to the Asokoro Police Station on Dec. 28.

Nwaforaku said that, on the same date, at 7.30 p.m., the teenagers and one other person at large stole the phone.

The prosecutor said that during police interrogation, the teenagers could not give a satisfactory account of themselves.

He said that the offences contravened Sections 79 and 287 of the Penal Code. 

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