) A Jos Upper Area Court on Thursday sentenced two men, Salim Hassan and Yakubu Ibrahim to seven months imprisonment each for stealing a cell phone worth N45, 000.
Th Judge, Mrs Comfort Pam, sentenced the duo after they pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of stealing and conspiracy.
Pam, however, gave the convicts an option to pay N 7,000 as fine or serve a sentence of three months each for the offence of stealing.
For the offence of conspiracy, the judge gave the convicts an option to pay N6, 000 as fine or serve a jail term of seven months each.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Labaran Ahmed, told the court that the case was reported on April 13 by one Ayliu Haruna of the State House, Abuja.
Ahmed alleged that the defendants stole the phone when the complainant’s vehicle developed a fault by the roadside.
He said that with the help of passersby, the defendants were caught and the phone recovered from them.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 59 of the Penal Code of Northern Nigeria.