Court jails student 18 months for stealing neighbour’s ATM card, N89,000

By Mabel Yakubu


Mararaba    –       A Mararaba Grade 1 Area Court in Nasarawa on Thursday sentenced a 24-year-old student, Ifeanyi Kalu, to 18 months imprisonment for stealing his neighbour’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) card and N89,000.

Kalu, who resides behind Aso Market, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, was sentenced for stealing N89,000 with the stolen ATM card.

The Judge, Mr Albert Maga, held that the prosecution had established beyond reasonable doubt that the defendant was guilty of the offence.

“The convict is hereby sentenced to 18 months imprisonment for the offence of theft,” he said.

The judge, however, gave the Kalu an option of N5,000 fine and warned him to desist from the act.

Maga also ordered the convict to pay N90, 000 as compensation fee to the nominal complainant.

The convict was first arraigned on July 28, 2017, on a one-count charge of theft to which he had pleaded not guilty.

The Prosecutor, Agabi Auta, had told the court that one Ogbonna Onyejiuwa, reported the matter at the ‘A’ Divisional Police Station, Mararaba, on July 26.

Auta said the convict unlawfully used a stolen Eco Bank ATM card of his neighbour to withdraw N89, 000 without his consent.

“The convict went to the complainant’s room, took his ATM card without his consent, went to the ATM and withdrew all his money,” he said.

The prosecutor said that the convict knew the complainant’s pin number because he once sent him to the bank to help withdraw some money for him.

He said the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code.

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