A Lugbe Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on
Thursday sentenced a 30-year-old
bricklayer Jeopardy John, to three months
imprisonment for stealing two packets of
John, had pleaded guilty to a three-count
of criminal trespass, housebreaking and
“I am sorry for the act I committed and I
am pleading with the court not to send me
“It was hunger that made me to steal. For
some time now I don’t have job, please sir
forgive me, and I promise not to steal
again,’’ the convict pleaded.
The judge, Mr Garba Ogbede, however,
sentenced John to three months in prison
but with an option of payment of N15,000
Ogbede also ordered that the recovered
items be returned to the owner.
According to the judge, the punishment
would have been more severe if he had not
pleaded guilty, and saved the court the
pains of a prolonged prosecution.
Earlier, the prosecuting counsel, Miss
Vivian Oporomo, had told the court that on
July 12, Eneojo John of the same address,
reported the matter at the Iddo Police
Oporomo told the court that the convict
broke into the complainant’s shop at about
1.30am and stole two packets of Maggi
cubes, valued N700 and one DVD player
valued N10, 000.
She said that when the complainant
caught the convict inside his shop with the
said items, he raised an alarm.
Oporomo said that during police
investigation and interrogation, the convict
admitted to committing the offence.
The prosecutor said the offences
contravene sections 342, 347 and 288 of
the Penal Code.
The convict was however unable to pay
the N15,000 fine and was taken to Kuje