A Wuse Zone 2 Magistrates’ Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced two men, Julius Morrison and Abdurahman Sale, to one month imprisonment each, for stealing a church billboard, valued at N160,000. Morrison, 29, and Sale, 23, both residents of Mabushi, Abuja, were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing. The magistrate, Mr Aminu Eri, convicted Morrison and Sale after they pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them.
Eri, however, gave them an option to pay a fine of N100, and warned them to `desist from such act, for the sentence may not be lighter next time.’ Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Yusuf Sani, informed the court that on Feb. 13 at 7a.m., one David Njoku of the Father’s Church, Jahi, Abuja, reported the matter at the Mabushi Police Station. He said that the two accused persons went to the church and stole a billboard valued at N160, 000 but were caught. Sani said that the offences committed contravened the provisions of Sections 79 and 288 of the Penal Code Law.