24th August, 2021
By Ugochi Ugochukwu
An Upper Area Court in Zuba, Abuja, ordered that a 16-year-old boy be given 12 strokes of the cane for collecting N500 proceeds from a crime.
Delivering judgment, Mr Gambo Garba, gave the order after the minor pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.
Garba said that the punishment would have been stiff if the minor had not saved the court the rigour of protracted prosecution.
He warned him to desist from committing crimes or collecting proceeds of crimes.
The judge also gave the minor a strong warning to be of good behaviour to his parents and the society
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Chinedu Ogada told the court the complainant Adene Ojo of Anagada Green Garden Area Abuja reported the matter at the Zuba Police Station on Aug. 3.
Ogada said another minor and an ex-convict, Marvellous Faruna, broke into the complainant’s house and stole a Tiger generator engine, electrical materials and other valuables all worth N200,000 property of the complainant.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code.
The minor, who was in tears told the court that he did not take part in the housebreaking.
“I did not steal sir. I was at home when Faruna came to our house and gave me N500 to buy food.
“I did not know where the money was from. I am very sorry sir. I will not do it again,” the minor begged the court.