A Gudu Upper Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday sentenced a 33-year-old man, Ifeanyi Matthew, to one year imprisonment for attempted robbery.
Matthew, who pleaded guilty, was convicted on a count charge of robbery preferred against him.
The judge, Mr Sidi Rufai, however, gave the convict an option to pay N50,000 fine after the convict begged for leniency.
Rufai warned the convict to stay away from crime and concentrate on his work as an “auto body repairer.’’
Earlier, the prosecutor, Mr Adeniyi Daniel, told the court that the convict was arrested on July 26.
“He was arrested along Gosa junction while trying to rob his victim, Abubakar Suleiman of his Mazda car with reg. no. ABJ 193 AA, valued at about N1.2 million,’’ he said.
Adeniyi said that the convict was caught while trying to seize the steering from the driver.
He said that the convict posed as a task force personnel and stopped the driver over a spurious infraction.
“But when other motorists saw him attempting to forcefully take the steering from the driver, they intervened and Matthew was discovered to be an impostor and he was arrested,“ Adeniyi said.
The prosecutor said that the offence was contrary to the provisions of Section 298 of the Penal Code.(NAN)