Court Jails Scrap Sellers Three Months for Theft

Yesterday, an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State sentenced two scrap sellers to three months’ imprisonment each for breaking into a supermarket and stealing six iron railings valued at N150,000.

The convicts are Abdullahi Bashiru, 22, and Umar Garba, 22.

The convict were sentenced by chief Magistrate Mr. A. A. Fashola after they pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing preferred against them by the police.

Prosecuting Sergeant Michael Unah had told the court that the convicts committed the offences on August 26 about 2:50 am at De-Prince Supermarket, Isheri, Idimu, Lagos.

He said they broke into the supermarket and stole six gutter iron railings.

Unah said the convicts were arrested by policemen on patrol when they saw them pushing a truck containing the iron railings.

He said during interrogation, the convicts claimed to have bought the railings from someone whose identity they could not reveal.

Chief Magistrate Fashola said the sentence would deter others.