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Man Bags 6-Month Jail Term In Southwest Nigeria For Stealing Foodstuff Worth N4,560

The convict pleaded guilty to charges of breaking in and stealing. He, however, prayed for leniency.

For stealing foodstuff and other items estimated to worth N4,560, a Magistrate Court in Osun State, Southwest Nigeria, has sentenced a 29-year-old labourer, ThankGod Paul, to six months imprisonment.

ThankGod was convicted on Monday, Dec. 6 by an Ile-Ife Magistrate for stealing rice worth N1,000; two bottles of Biggie Cola worth N300, two bottles of 7up drink worth N400, a packet of Spaghetti worth N400, and five pieces of Magic soap worth N500.

The prosecutor, Inspector Glory Onah, told the court that the convict also stole two packets of noodles worth N200, a pack of Rothmans Cigarettes worth N500, a pack of Benson & Hedges Cigarette worth N500, and one bottle of Agbara & Halogen hot drink worth N400.

He added that ThankGod also stole a cup of Chinchin worth N60 and one pack of Tiger Razor blades worth N300.

ThankGod was said to have committed the offenses on Dec. 5, 2021 at Alaro in Modakeke-Ife area of Osun State. He broke into a shop belonging to one Sola Adeyanju.

During his arraignment on Monday, he pleaded guilty to charges of stealing and prayed for leniency.

Magistrate Oluwatosin Adediwura who handed the court ruling sentenced him to six months’ imprisonment with an option of one month of community service.

The offenses committed contravened Sections 319 and 413 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, 2002.

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