Abuja Court Sentences Man To Flogging For Stealing Aluminum Wire….

A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday ordered that 23-year-old scavenger, Abubakar Garba, be given six lashes of the cane for allegedly stealing aluminum wire. The judge, Alhaji Abubakar Sadiq, who ordered the punishment, warned him to desist from committing crime.

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Garba, who resides at Kado village, Abuja, was charged with joint act and theft. He prayed the court to temper justice with mercy that he was only a scavenger who looks for condemned things to buy. Earlier, the prosecutor, Florence Auhioboh, told the court that police officers on crime petrol, led by Insp. Mamu Yahaya, arrested him on Jan. 31 and took him to Life Camp Police Station. She said he was arrested with some high tension aluminum wire, with two of his friends, now at large. Auhioboh said during police investigation Garba said he knows nothing about the wire and that he bought them. According to the prosecutor, the offence is punishable under Sections 79 and 288 of the Penal Code. (NAN)