Notorious Phone Thief Bags 1 Year Jail Term


A Grade 1 Area Court in Karu, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a notorious phone thief, Ikechukwu Emmanuel to 21 months imprisonment.

The judge, Mr Hassan Ishaq, did not give an option of fine to Emmanuel, who pleaded guilty to two separate charges.
Ishaq sentenced Emmanuel to nine months imprisonment on the first charge bordering on stealing a Nokia phone.

He sentenced him for one year imprisonment for the second charge which bordered on conspiracy, trespass and theft which contravene Sections 79, 348 and 257 of the Penal Code.

Ishaq held that Emmanuel was a notorious thief, and ordered him to pay a compensation of N 15, 000 for the Nokia phone he stole from Mr Kelechi Ogbasa’s on March 26.

The phone is worth N15,000, according to the prosecutor, Mr Mamood Ismail.

The prosecutor submitted that Emmanuel stole the phone while Ogbasa was sleeping.

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According to the second charge sheet, the convict, on the same day, trespassed into Mr Gospel John’s room and stole his HTC phone worth 50,000, also while he was sleeping.

The judge held that Emmanuel conspired with a person still at large to commit the offences also on March 26.

He ordered Emmanuel to pay a compensation of N50, 000 to John.

The prosecutor had also drawn the attention of the court to its Jan. 25 record which showed that Emmanuel was convicted and sentenced to seven months imprisonment with option of fine for stealing a phone.

He said that the offences contravene Sections 79, 348, 287 and 102 of the Penal Code.