9th November, 2010
A 19-year old butcher, Sodiq Olalekan, of Owode Orile Mile 12, Lagos State, NigeriaÂ has been sentenced to two days imprisonment by an Ogudu Magistrateâ€™s Court, forÂ stealing a goat and its baby.
Sodiq was apprehended while attempting to steal the goats on 28 October 2010, atÂ Elias Estate, Owode Onirin, Ikorodu Road, Lagos, by the neighbours of the owner,Â Alhaji Sheik Alegbe and was handed over to policemen attached to Owode OnirinÂ Station.
In his statement to the police, the convict said: â€œI was asked to steal the goats byÂ one of my friends called Esheye. He was the one who used cellotape to cover theÂ goat’s mouth.
”Some people saw us while taking the goats away and challenged us. My friend leftÂ the goats and ran away while I was caught and brought to the police station.â€
The convict had earlier pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of conspiracy andÂ stealing, but later changed his plea when the owner of the stolen goats, AlhajiÂ Sheik Alegbe, told the court that he had forgiven him.
His offences, according to the police prosecutor, an Assistant Superintendent ofÂ Police, Mr. Eyo Uwai, are punishable under Sections 516 and 390 (9) of the CriminalÂ Code, Cap. C.17, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
Count two of the charge reads: â€œThat you, Sodiq Olalekan, on 28 October, 2010, atÂ Elias Estate, Owode Onirin, Ikorodu Road, in the magisterial district did steal oneÂ goat valued at N10,000, property of Alhaji Sheik Alegbe, and thereby committed anÂ offence punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Cap. C. 17, Vol. 2,Â Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.â€
After his plea was taken, he was sentenced to two days imprisonment with hard labourÂ by the court magistrate, Mrs. B. Folarin Williams.
â€” Paul Sanusi