An Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 34-year-old security guard, Jiga Oseni to six months imprisonment, for stealing copper wire and aluminum valued at N886,000.
The court slammed the sentence on the accused without an option of fine after he pleaded guilty to the charge.
Jiga, while pleading for leniency before he was sentenced, told the court that he sold the items to foot his medical bills.
Magistrate Bolanle Osunsanmi , who handed down the verdict, said:“Based on the facts of this case confirmed in the report and the plea of leniency, I hereby sentence you to six month in prison without an option of fine.’’
Earlier, Police Prosecutor, Benson Emuerhi told the court that Jiga was arraigned on charge of stealing.
Emuerhi said the accused, sometimes in June, 2017 at plot 1, Block 29, Isheri GRA, Lagos, stole a set of aluminum worth N206,000 and copper wire valued N680,000.
”The accused, at the time of the incident worked as a security guard for the complainant, Taiwo Idemudia and he sold the items kept in his custody without the owner’s consent.
“When confronted by the complainant, he admitted to have sold the items at a cheap rate.
He was later taken to Isheri police station where he gave a voluntary statement and admitted to have committed the crime”.
The accused, Jiga, however affirmed before the court to have sold the items without his boss’ consent, citing ill health for his action.
According to the prosecution, the offence contravened Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.