By Ngozi Njoku
A 20-year-old, Amuzat Ahmed, is to spend Christmas and the New Year in jail for stealing a motorcycle valued at N230, 000 and a Samsung Galaxy phone, an Ogudu Magistrates’ Court ruled in Lagos on Monday.
The Magistrate, Mrs O. Sule-Amzat, who sentenced Ahmed of Imota in Ikorodu area of Lagos State to one year imprisonment, pronounced him guilty as charged.
The convict had pleaded guilty to a charge of stealing brought against him.
Sule-Amzat held that the convict should serve out the one year without an option of fine.
“The prosecution was able to establish that the convict, a salesboy, deceived and lured the caretaker of the said motorcycle to a hotel on the pretext of entertaining him,” she said.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sgt. Lucky Ihiehie, told court that the accused committed the offence on Sept. 26 at Ajose Street, Mende in Maryland area of Lagos.
Ihiehie said the complainants, Mr Abubakar Mohammed, reported the case at Anthony Police Post.
“The complainant left his Bajaj motorcycle with registration no. AGL 232 QH valued at N230, 000 and a Samsung Galaxy 03 phone valued at N36, 000 in the care of Husseini Saliu on Sept. 29.
“The accused lured Saliu to a hotel at Mile 12 to entertain him, stole the motorcycle and the phone and ran away.”
Ihiehie said the accused was later apprehended at Maryland Bus Stop on Oct. 26.
The offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the section stipulates three years imprisonment for offenders.