COURT JAILS SCAVENGER FOR BUYING N37 MILLION WORTH STOLEN GOODS
A Karmo Grade I Area Court, Abuja, on Monday, sentenced a scavenger, Ibrahim Adamu, to six months imprisonment for buying stolen 10 pieces of steel plate iron pan.
The 26-year old convict, who resides at Apo Roundabout in Abuja, was arraigned, tried and convicted after he pleaded guilty to one-count charge of buying stolen property.
The Magistrate, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, who sentenced the convict to six months imprisonment, however, gave him an option to pay N10, 000 fine.
Earlier, the Police Prosecutor, Mrs Ukagha Ijeoma, had told the court that one Momosani Sumaila,of Deep Cover Security guard Ltd., Abuja, on Aug. 2, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station.
Ijeoma alleged that the convict, being a known scrap scavenger, had on Aug. 2, gone to Ujat Company Ltd., at Idu Idustrial Area of Abuja to buy the stolen items..
She told the court that the accused committed the alleged offence with two of his accomplices, Mases Ikechukwu and Haruna Usman, both employees of Deep Cover Security Ltd., now at large.
The prosecutor had alleged that the two accomplices loaded stolen 10 pieces of steel plate iron pan worth N37 million into the accused Golf 3 saloon car marked AA 434 SBG before he was arrested.
During the police investigation, the convict confessed to have been buying such things from Ikechukwu and Usman,’’ she told the court.
The prosecution said that the offences contravened the provisions of Sections 317 of the Penal code.