In Abuja, a 29-year-old delivery man named Isaac Ezekiel, residing in New Kuchingoro IDP Camp, was handed a 24-month prison sentence by the Lugbe Grade I Area Court for stealing his employer’s motorcycle.
He was charged with breach of trust and theft.
The Area Court judge, Malam Aliyu Kagarko, did offer Ezekiel the option of paying a fine of N50,000 instead.
The judge also ordered him to either return the stolen motorcycle or compensate the complainant with N600,000. Ezekiel was cautioned to behave appropriately.
Ezekiel had previously pleaded guilty and requested leniency.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mr. Stanley Nwaforaku, informed the court that on September 1, the complainant, Mr. Nicholas Nnamani of Jabi Abuja, reported the incident at the Lugbe Police Station.
Nwaforaku explained that the complainant had employed Ezekiel as a dispatch rider in June and had entrusted him with a brand new “G link” 200cc motorcycle worth N600,000, which Ezekiel later sold for N70,000.
During the police investigation, the convict confessed to the crime, but all attempts to recover the motorcycle were unsuccessful.
This offense is in violation of Sections 312 and 287 of the Penal Code. (NAN)