A Chief Magistrate’s Court sitting at Tudun Wada, Zaria in Kaduna State, on Thursday sentenced one Muktar Shu’aibu to one year imprisonment for stealing a mobile phone worth N35, 000.
The Chief Magistrate, Halima Sani, sentenced the convict to one year imprisonment with a fine option of N60,000.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Regina Abba, had told the court that on July 8, a soldier, Warrant Officer Anthony Onabella reported a case of theft to the Police Area Command Headquarters in Zaria.
Abba said that that the complainant told the police that he parked his car by the roadside to purchase engine oil at Oando office on Kaduna Road, close to PZ, Zaria only to discover that his car was burgled and his Techno handset worth N35,000 was carted away.
She said that Shu’aibu who was suspected to have stolen the phone was apprehended but denied stealing the handset.
“The suspect initially denied stealing the phone, arguing that it was a calculated attempt to tarnish his image.
“But in the course of investigation the suspect confessed to committing the crime, noting that a memory card and two SIM cards belonging to Onabella were recovered from him.
“The suspect willingly admitted that he stole the handset from Anthony Onabella’s vehicle, removed the two SIM cards and the memory card and later sold the stolen phone to somebody at the rate of N7,000,” Abba said.
The prosecutor said the act was punishable under Section 271 Penal Code.