The accused, Emmanuel Ubang, 45, of Gwagwa FCT, Abuja, pleaded for leniency and apologized to the complainant promising not to repeat such acts after the police had arraigned him for stealing two chickens and two creates of eggs.
The presiding judge, Mr. Nuhu Ibrahim, sentenced Ubang to 6 months imprisonment after he pleaded guilty. He gave him an option to pay N6,000 fine.
Ibrahim warned the convict to stay away from crime and face life as an adult, saying that he gave him an option to pay a fine because he was a first time offender.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Corporal Ochehe Samuel, had told the court that one Mohammed Abbah of Dansarki Farms, Kuje, lodged a complaint against the convict at the Kuje Police Station on December 2.
He said the accused went to Dansarki Farms under the pretence of buying live chickens and entered the poultry section without the manager’s consent where he stole two chickens and two crates of eggs.
Samuel said he escaped through the back gate on a motorcycle to Kuje forest with the stolen items.
The prosecutor said that during investigation, the stolen chickens and eggs were recovered from the convict when he was about to sell them.
He said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the penal code.