Scavenger to get six strokes of cane for mischief, theft
A scavenger, Ibrahim Amimu, is to get six strokes of cane for cutting and stealing transformer copper wires.
A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja gave the sentence on Tuesday following a guilty plea by 34-year-old Amimu, who resides at Jabi Park, Abuja.
He was charged on two counts of mischief and theft.
The Presiding Judge, Mr. Abubakar Sadiq, said that the light punishment was because Amimu saved the court from prolonged trial.
He hoped that the punishment would serve as a deterrent to others. Sadiq warned Amimu to shun crime.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr. Dalhatu Zannah, told the court that Amimu committed the offences on May 14 at 12 a.m.
Zannah submitted that the case was lodged at the Utako Police Station, Abuja, by Mr. Gregory Etim of the Abuja Electricity Distribution Company Garki, (AEDC) Regional Office.
He said that Amimu cut and stole AEDC transformer copper wires.
Zannah said that an180mm copper wires was recovered from the scavenger during a police investigation.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 327 and 287 of the Penal Code.
Zanna had prayed the court to try the defendant summarily under Section 347 of the Administration of Criminal Justices Act, 2015, because of his admission of guilt.
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