Daily Trust (Abuja)

13 August 2012

Nigeria: Farmer Jailed Two Months for Stealing Chickens, Turkeys

A 20-year-old farmer was last Thursday sentenced to two months imprisonment by Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Gwagwalada, for stealing chickens and turkeys from two poultry farms at Gwagwalada.

Abdullahi Kauji of Dagiri village was convicted for joint act and theft, offences contrary to Sections 79 and 286 of the Penal Code.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Haruna Suleiman, told the court that on August 6, one Mrs. Okoficha Princess of plot 392 new Kutunku extension layout, Gwagwalada, and Enojo Unimi of opposite new market, jointly reported at the Gwagwalada police station that the accused with one other now at large, jointly stole 26 chickens and 6 turkeys in their poultry farms.

He said during police investigation, six chickens were recovered from the accused.

When the charges were read to the accused, he pleaded guilty, while prosecutor asked the court to try him summarily.

The judge, Hassan Ishaq Muhammad, sentenced him to two months imprisonment with an option of N5, 000 fine.

The judge also ordered that the convict should pay N60,000 as compensation for the stolen chickens and turkeys to the two complainants on or before August 16 or prepare to spend another term in prison.

In a related development, a 23 year-old man, Mustapha Kamala, was also sentenced to three months imprisonment by the same court for stealing a goat and slaughtered it.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Haruna Suleiman, told the court that on August 7, one Danmakwa Sani of Anguwar Dodo, Gwagwalada, reported at the police station that the accused and one Mujahid now at large allegedly stole a Goat and slaughtered it. He said the accused confessed to the crime during police investigation.

When the charge was read to the accused, he pleaded guilty and the prosecutor sought for his summary trial.

Judge Hassan Ishaq Muhammad sentenced the accused to three months imprisonment or to pay N5,000 as fine,

He also ruled that the accused should pay N7,000 as the cost of the stolen goat as compensation to the complainant.

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