6th May, 2011
For stealing three kegs of palm oil at the Oke Odo Market in Abule Egba, Lagos, Southwest Nigeria, a trader, Precious Ejike, 28 has been sentenced to seven months imprisonment or a fine of N150,000 by a magistrate court at Abule Egba.
The presiding magistrate of the court, Mr. O.A. Komolafe sent him to jail after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of stealing kegs of palm oil worth N25,000 in the market.
The police prosecutor, Lugard Ahonle had earlier arraigned the accused, saying the offence he committed was punishable under Section 390 of the Criminal Code, Cap.32, Vol. 2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeria, 2003.
The charge reads:â€ That you, Precious Ejike on 4 May, 2011 at Oke Odo Market, Lagos in the Ikeja Magisterial District did steal three kegs of red Ofi palm oil, valued at N25,000, belonging to Mrs Helen Duru and Mrs Olayinka Adunola and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 390 of the Criminal Code, Cap.32, Vol.2, Laws of Lagos State of Nigeri, 2003.â€