An Oshodi Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Monday sentenced a 27-year-old woman to two years’ imprisonment for stealing jewellery worth N800,000.
The Magistrate, Mrs. M.R, Osho-Adebiyi, convicted Mosurat Ismalia on two counts of conspiracy and stealing and did not give her an option of fine, the News Agency of Nigeria reports.
Osho-Adebiyi said that Ismalia, mother of five, was not truthful in her evidence.
“The accused is found guilty of the offences, going by the facts before the court,” she held.
The accused was arraigned on March 20 on a two-count charge, but she pleaded not guilty.
The court granted her bail in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The prosecutor, Cpl. Kehinde Olatunde, had submitted she conspired with others at large to steal the jewellery from the shop of one Mrs. Shadia Lawal at the Oshodi Market.
The prosecutor said that Ismalia pretended to be buying the ornaments but hid them in her handbag on March 22.
Olatunde noted that the offences contravened Sections 285 and 409 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State, 2011.