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Man bags 9 months in jail for handset theft worth N39k

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A Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kano, on Tuesday, sentenced a 21-year-old man, Aminu Abdullahi, to nine months in imprisonment for conspiracy and stealing of an Infinix handset, worth N39,000.

The convict, who lives at Sallari Quarters, Kano, was convicted on a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and extortion, after he pleaded guilty to the charges.

The Magistrate, Farouk Ibrahim, sentenced the convict to four months in a correctional centre on the first count of conspiracy and five months jail term for extortion, without an option of fine.

Ibrahim ruled that the convict had 30 days within which to appeal the judgment.

Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mr Mubarak Mukhtar, had told the court that one Austin Egbe of Sabon Gari Quarters, Kano, had reported the matter at Fagge police division, Kano, on Aug. 23.

He said that on the same day, at about 9:00 pm, the convict conspired with one Hassan, now at large, attacked the complainant and snatched his Infinix Hot 5 handset, valued at N39,000, while he was inside a tricycle on Ibrahim Taiwo road, Kano.

“The convict was trying to escape when he was arrested, with the phone found in his possession,” Mukhtar told the court.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravene Sections 97 and 292 of the Penal Code. (NAN)

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