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Unemployed sent to prison with hard labour for burgling female hostel



An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court on Friday sentenced a 29-year-old unemployed man, Ola Martin, to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour  for breaking into a female hostel to steal phones.

Magistrate O.O. Fagbohun, who sentenced Martin following his guilty plea,  did not give him an option of fine.

“You are hereby sentenced to three months’ imprisonment with hard labour.

“The sentence will serve as a deterrent to others who may want to engage in similar acts,” she held.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that Martin pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing during arraignment on May 25.

The magistrate consequently remanded him.

When the case was called up on Friday for review of the facts and sentencing, Martin still  admitted guilt.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Emmanuel Ajayi, told the court that the convict and others still at large  burgled a hostel of the Federal College of Education, Akoka, Lagos, and stole phones belonging to students.

Ajayi said that the theft occurred on April 27, adding that the stolen phones belonged to Miss Jennifer Akunna, Grace Febulurin and Benedicta Ajayi.

“The defendant and his accomplices broke into one of the female hotels at night and dispossessed them of their phones.

“The girls raised alarm and  policemen on patrol in the area pursued and arrested him.

“His accomplices escaped with some of the students’ phones but the complainants’ phones were recovered from them,” the prosecutor said.

The offences contravened Sections 287, 309 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

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