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Court sentences Abuja worker to prison for wire theft

                                  Court sentences Abuja worker to prison for wire theft

A labourer, identified only as Tile Dominic, has been sentenced to eight weeks imprisonment by District Court 1, Lugbe, Abuja, for allegedly stealing electrical wires.

The presiding judge, Malam Aliyu Kagaruko, handed down the sentence despite Dominic pleading guilty to the charges against him.

Naija News understands that the judge also offered Dominic an alternative option of paying a fine of N20,000.

Prosecutor, E.A. Nnamani told the court that Dominic, a resident of New Nyanya in Kalu Local Government Area of ​​Nasarawa State, stole a roll of 1.5mm wire belonging to a man named Mr Johnson.

The theft occurred on March 28th. Mr Nnamani further said that on March 29, Mr Dominick attempted to steal more cables but was arrested. The prosecutor emphasized that the theft was a violation of Article 287 of the Penal Code.

It was learned that Dominic was employed as a laborer at the NNPC estate in Lugbe, Abuja at the time of the crime. According to Namani, on March 29, John Ogbache reported the incident to Lugbe Police Station.

Dominic was found to be in possession of electrical wires, and during police interrogation he admitted to the crime.

I have no criminal record Miyetti Allah, President Badejo shouts in court
Meanwhile, the embattled and currently imprisoned President of Miyetti Allah Kautal Hole, Bello Bodejo, told a federal court in Abuja that he has no criminal record.

According to a report by Naija News, Mr. Bodejo, who was arrested on charges of forming an armed militia that threatens national unity, stated this in a bail application filed by his lawyer, Mr. Ahmed Raji (Sansan State). He is said to have made a statement.

The leader of Miyetti Allah also said that he had suffered serious health problems during his detention. The March 28 application, charge number FHC/ABJ/CR/141/2024, asks the court to grant him bail on generous conditions until the case against him is heard and resolved.

On March 22, Mr. Bodejo, who was arrested on January 23 in Malia, Nasarawa State and detained at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), appeared before Justice Ekwo for arraignment.

He was charged with three counts of terrorism.

Imprisoned President Miyetti Allah cited nine reasons for his bail request, arguing that the charges against him were eligible for bail.

“The defendant/applicant has no criminal history,” he said. He said his reputation reflects not only his trustworthiness and trustworthiness, but also his determination not to abscond if released on bail.

Although he claimed he had serious health problems, he considered these to be exceptional circumstances that justified bail.

Bodejo claimed the presumption of innocence until proven guilty under Article 36(5) of the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

Further, he contended that the charges against him do not establish a prima facie case.

He assured the court that he would not interfere with the investigation or further investigation into the allegations against him. The defendant promised to always arrive at court on time and agreed to provide the appropriate bond required by the court.

In an affidavit, Noma Wando, a lawyer with the Federal Ministry of Justice's public prosecutor's office, argued that the court should deny Bodejo's bail request.

Wando said Bodejo will be charged with terrorism, particularly establishing an ethnic militia in Nasarawa State and engaging in activities that pose a threat to the state and public security.

The officer alleged that Bodejo provided aid, support and transportation to activities related to these crimes in violation of certain provisions of the Terrorism (Prevention and Prohibition) Act 2022.

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