Applicant bags 3 months imprisonment over theft of EKEDC cable worth N3.6m

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Tomisin Erogbogbo


Lagos   –    A , Lagos, on Wednesday sentenced an unemployed man, Murtala Muhammed, 32, to three imprisonment for armoured cable worth N3.6million.

Muhammed, who resides at No. 16, Way, Ebute Meta, Lagos, was arraigned before Magistrate F.M. Dalley on a two-count charge and willful damage, offences he admitted committing.

In her ruling, Dalley said: “The has considered you Muhammed as a first time offender and the that you pleaded guilty and showed remorse for what you have done.

“You are hereby sentenced to three imprisonment without an option fine.”

Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Philip Osijiale, had told the that the committed the offences on June 14, at 4.00a.m. on Queen’ Drive Road, by Umoru Close, Ikoyi, Lagos.

He said that the stole armoured cable valued at N3.6million, property Eko Electricity Distribution Company Plc (EKEDC)

The prosecutor added that Muhammed willfully and unlawfully damaged the cable which prevented electricity supply to members of the public in the area.

“The cable thief was caught in the act two scissors by some residents,” he said.

The offences, Osijiale said, contravened Sections 287 (1) and Section 350 of the Criminal of Lagos , 2015.

Section 287 (1) carries three years imprisonment, while Section 350 stipulates seven years imprisonment for anyone found guilty.