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A 29-year-old ex-convict, Mubarak Abdullahi has been sentenced to five months imprisonment by a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, for stealing one chicken.
The judge, Mr Inuwa Maiwada, sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of being in possession of a chicken suspected to be stolen, idleness and constituting nuisance.
The convict pleaded with the court saying,: “please sir, temper justice with mercy, times are hard, and no work in the country.”
Maiwada, however, gave the convict an option of N10,000 fine and warned him to be of good behaviour.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Ijeoma Ukagha, told the court that one Mohammed Ismailia, a team of vigilante at Idu Gbagji, arrested and took him to the Karmo Police Station on Monday.
Ukagha said the convict had once been prosecuted before for stealing a turkey.
He stated that the convict confessed to the crime during police investigation and all efforts made by the police to take them where he stole the chicken proved abortive.
Prosecutor said the offence committed is contrary to and punishable under sections 319, 406 and 199 of the Penal Code.