By Abolaji Adebayo
A 24 years old man, Aminu Imran, has been given the options of three months imprisonment or six weeks of commercial service over his offence bordering on stealing.
It was gathered that the culprit had on the 4th of March, 2018 stolen a Tecno mobile phone worth N38,000 belonging to one Ramoni Ayodji at No2, Igbajuwa Street, Lagos Magisterial District.
It was reported that Imran broke into another neighbour’s room around 8pm on that day, where the phone was being charged, carting away the phone without hindrance.
The case was reported to the police by a neighbor who suspected Imran after he (Imran) had complained several times that he had no money to celebrate Easter.
After much interrogation, Imran confessed to have committed the offence which is punishable under section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State.
He explained that the phone was been charged in a Hafsat Sodiq’s room when he stole, adding that he had sold the phone to one Malam at Idi-Araba for just N10,000.
He said he committed the offence when he didn’t have money to eat nor to celebrate the coming Easter.
Upon his confession, the police went in search of the said Malam but he was nowhere to be found.
Having pleaded guilty to the offence, the offender was sentenced to six weeks of commercial service or three months in prison with hard labour by the preceding Magistrate of Isolo Magistrate Court, Hon. Adedoye. He also asked him to return the phone to the owner.