13 February 2013

Nigeria: 29-Year-Old Guard Jailed Two Months Over ATM Theft

Lagos — A 29-year-old security guard, Benjamin Nyiynogo, was yesterday, sentenced to two months imprisonment by an Ikeja Magistrate Court, for stealing N76,000 through an Automated Teller Machine, ATM.

According to the magistrate, Mrs Dan Oni, "you are hereby sentenced to a two-month imprisonment with hard labour and without an option of fine for pleading guilty to the charge against you.

"You are to pay the N76,000 to the complainant upon your return from prison."

The Police Prosecutor Edet Okoi had told the court that the defendant stole the money belonging to one Mr Jimoh Aliu, his supervisor at work.

He said the complainant gave his FirstBank ATM card with the pin no to Nyiynogo to help him withdraw N40,000 from his account but when he got to the bank, he withdrew N76,000 from the account and absconded with the money.

He said that the offence was committed on January 24, 2013, at Mobolaji Johnson, Alausa, Ikeja.

According to Okoi, the alleged offence contravened Section 285, Laws of Lagos State 2011.

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