An Upper Area Court in Zuba, in the Federal Capital Territory on Friday, ordered that two security guards be given 12 strokes of the cane each for stealing N65, 000 and some vehicle spare parts.
NAN reports that the Judge, Gambo Garba further sentenced the culprits, Jeremiah Yahaya and Gideon Bulus to twenty-four months imprisonment each after they pleaded guilty to a joint act of theft.
Garba also gave them an option to pay a fine of N60, 000 each.
He added that Yahaya and Bulus should pay the complainant, Victor Okorie, compensation of N142, 000 and warned them to desist from engaging in criminal activities.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the complainant reported the matter at the Gwarinpa Police Station on August 18.
Ogada said Yahaya and Bulus, security guards attached to Gostu Plaza, 1st Avenue, Gwarinpa, Abuja conspired and burgled the complainant’s motor spare parts shop at the said address sometime in July.
He said they stole N65, 000 cash, a Toyota Camry 2011 model shock absorber valued at N25, 000, four litres of engine oil worth N9, 000 and an air conditioner hose worth N25, 000.
Ogada further said Yahaya and Bulus also stole a motor gearbox valued at N18, 000, amounting to a total of N142, 000.
Ogada said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 79 and 288 of the Penal Code.
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