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Jobless man pleads guilty to stealing generator, risks 3 years imprisonment

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Lagos, April 24, 2019 An Ogudu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos, on Wednesday, remanded in prison custody one unemployed man, Peter Sunday, 32, after he pleaded guilty to theft of a cable wire, chemical and a machine all worth N93,000.

Magistrate E. Kubeinje, who gave the ruling, said the defendant, who is facing one count charge of stealing should be kept in Ikoyi Prison, pending sentence.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Insp Lucky Ihiehie, had told the court that the defendant committed the offence on April 12 at Ajelogo area of Mile 12, Ketu, Lagos.

Ihiehie said the defendant stole two rolls of 2.5m wire valued N25,000, a DR fix chemical (5 litres) valued N45,000 and a cutting machine valued N24,000, all totaling N93,000.

“The defendant was caught by a neighbour; alerted the complainant, Mr Williams Bassey, who handed him over to the police for further questioning”.

The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Section 287 provides a three-year jail term for offenders.

The defendant had urged the court to temper justice with mercy, saying “I feel the urge to steal whenever my head is hot”.

The case was adjourned until April 29 for facts and sentence.

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