A Gwagwalada Upper Area Court in the FCT on Tuesday sentenced a handset repairer, Haruna Ibrahim, 25, to five months imprisonment for receiving a stolen cell phone.
The presiding judge, Alhaji Babangida Hassan, however, gave the convict an option to pay N20,000 fine and ordered that the recovered cell phone be released to the complainant immediately.
Police prosecutor Martha Paul had told the court that one Ifeanyi, whose surname was not given and who is now at large, stole the cell phone from the complainant, Mike Ibrahim, and sold it to the convict.
She said the cell phone, valued at N15,000, was sold to the convict for N3,300 by Ifeanyi, adding that the incident happened on Sept. 21.
Paul said the convict was arrested on Sept. 21 following complaint lodged at the Gwagwalada Police Station by Ibrahim.
The prosecutor said the cell phone was recovered from the convict during police investigation.
“He confessed in a statement to the police that he bought it from Ifeanyi,” he said.
The prosecutor added that Ibrahim was arraigned on a one-count charge of receiving stolen property.
The convict pleaded guilty to the charge and begged the court for leniency.
The judge sentenced him to five months imprisonment with an option to pay a N20,000 fine.