A Funtua Chief Magistrates' Court in Katsina State, on Friday sentenced a 23-year-old student, Abubakar Halilu, of Jabiri Quarters Funtua to six months imprisonment for stealing two motorcycles.
Chief Magistrate Kabir Shu’aibu convicted Haliru after he pleaded guilty to stealing two motorcycles valued at N180, 000.
Police Prosecutor, Insp. Antak Bawa, had told the court that the convict was arrested following a complaint by one Malam Mamman.
Bawa said that investigation led to the arrest of Abubakar, who confessed to stealing the motorcycles.
He said the motorcycles were in custody of one Shu’aibu Gyzama, who is still at large.
He said that efforts to arrest Gyzama was still in progress, adding that the offence was committed on July 7, 2012.
Delivering judgement, Magistrate Shu’aibu said that the convict, though had shown remorse and is a first time offender, must be punished considering the rampant cases of motorcycle theft in Funtua.
He therefore sentenced Halilu to six months imprisonment without an option of fine.
Meanwhile, the magistrate has also sentenced 10 women to three months imprisonment each after they pleaded guilty to prostitution.
Police prosecutor, Cpl. Sanusi Isa, told the court that the offence contravened section 405 (d) of the Penal Code.
Shua’ibu however gave each of the the convicts an option of N1, 000 fine and cautioned them to desist from the act.
Isa, had earlier told the court that the convicts were arrested by a team of policemen on July 2, 2012 at Hawan Mambila in Bisije quarters of Funtua.
The convicts are Stella Epek, Juliet Nwogu, Hauwa Musa, Nnnenna Ikechukwu, Virginia Agboh, Blessing Stephen, Patricia Ureh, Joy Amali, Enneh Ochoboh and Justina James.