Man bags 2 years in jail for stealing palm oil

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An Upper Customary Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna State, has sentenced a 32-year old man, Shitu Yakubu, to two years imprisonment for stealing a sewing machine and 25 litres of palm oil.

Yakubu was charged by the police with criminal trespass, house breaking and theft, contrary to the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

The Prosecutor, Insp Esther Bishen, told the court that the complainant, Dorcas Jonah, reported the matter at the Kafanchan Divisional Police station on July 15.

Bishen said that the defendant, who resides at Bayan Loco, broke into the complainant’s house at Ogbomosho street and made away with her sewing machine and 25 litres of palm oil.

She noted that the stolen items, worth N88,000, were recovered from the defendant in the course of police investigation.

When the charges were read to him, he pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

The prosecutor, thereafter, prayed the court to try him summarily in line with the Administration of Criminal Justice Law, 2017.

In his ruling, the Judge, George Gwani, sentenced the defendant to two years imprisonment or a fine of N50,000 for the third count charge.

Gwani also sentenced him to three months each for the first and second counts or a fine of N15,000 each for the two counts.

He added that the sentences were to run concurrently.

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