A Dutse grade I area court in Abuja has sentenced Nazifi Usman, an 18-year-old trader, to six-month jail term for stealing a television set belonging to a church.

According to NAN, Suleiman Mohammed, the presiding officer, in his ruling on Monday, convicted the teenager of criminal trespass, housebreaking, causing mischief and theft.

Mohammed held that the convict failed to give the court a reasonable explanation why he committed the crime.

The judge, however, gave him an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

He also ordered that the item, which was found in possession of the convict and was in police custody, be returned to the church immediately.

Usman, a resident of Tudun Wada in Bwari, was convicted after he earlier pleaded guilty to the offence pressed against him.

Tunde Arowolo, the prosecution counsel, had earlier told the court that the convict was reported at the Bwari police station by Napoleon Yahaya, a pastor, in Garam village, Niger state, on May 25.

Arowolo said the convict had on May 24, trespassed into Deeper Life Bible Church in Garam and stole a 45-inches LG television set, valued at N50,000.

The prosecution also said that during police investigation, the convict confessed to the crime and also confessed that two of them carried out the criminal act but the other ran away.

He added that the convict however, could not give satisfactory information on his partner’s whereabouts.

Arowolo noted that the act contravened sections 348, 346, 326 and 287 of the penal code.



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