Two Abuja teenagers sentenced to nine months in prison for mobile phone theft

Two Abuja teenagers sentenced to nine months in prison for mobile phone theft


The Rugbe First Class Regional Court in Abuja on Thursday sentenced two teenagers, Abdulrahman Abubakar and Yunusa Umar, to nine months each in prison for stealing a police officer's mobile phone.

Abubakar and Umar, both 18-year-old laborers and residents of Aya, Abuja, had pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy and theft and had asked for leniency.

However, the judge, Mr Aliyu Kagaruko, gave the teenagers the option of a fine of N30,000 each and warned them to desist from the crime.

Kagarko also ordered the teenager to pay N7,000 in compensation to the owner of the phone.

Earlier, prosecutor Stanley Nwaforaku told the court that the complainant, Sgt. Sidi Ibrahim arrested the teens on December 28, 2023 and took them to Asaso Police Station.

According to Nwaforaku, at 7:30 p.m. on the same day, the boys and one other person stole the cellphone.

Prosecutors said the teens were unable to give satisfactory explanations for themselves during police interviews.

He said these crimes violate Articles 79 and 287 of the Penal Code.

Source: dailypost.ng

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