Abuja - Two men, 23-year-old
Christopher Uchendu, and 26-year-old Saviour Isaac who allegedly broke into a
church in Abuja and stole items worth N105, 000, were on Wednesday sentenced to
one month imprisonment each.
A Karu Magistrates’ Court which gave the verdict said the
accused were guilty as charged.
The defendants were charged for housebreaking and theft
under Sections 79, 356 and 95 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation.
Magistrate Hafsat Abba, however, gave the defendants an
option of N20, 000 fine each.
She ordered the convicts to pay a compensation of N 55, 500
to the nominal complainant, failure which it would attract an imprisonment of
three months each.
Earlier, Prosecutor Mamood Ismail told the court that a man,
John Ogundele of Gwagwalape, Abuja, had reported the defendants at Nyanya
Police Station on Sept. 20.
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According to him, the defendants broke into the Mountain of
Fire and Miracles Church, Nyanya, and stole some items worth N105, 000.
Among the items stolen are a television set, one amplifier,
one stabilizer and a box containing N10, 000.
“The defendants were apprehended following a tip-off.”
Ismail said the defendants confessed to have sold some of
the items while an empty box and an amplifier were recovered from them.
The prosecutor said that the compensation to be paid to the
complainant was N55, 500 and urged the court to direct the police to release
the recovered items to the rightful owners.
The defendants pleaded guilty and urged the court to temper
justice with mercy.