Court orders labourer to clean church for being in possession of stolen generator

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By Ugochi Ugochukwu

Abuja – A Grade I Area Abuja on Thursday sentenced a 29-year-old labourer, Jerry Ihotu, to clean a church for 30 days foe being possession of a stolen generator and wheelbarrow.

The Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, ordered Ihotu to clean the church Idu Karmo for 30 days and warned him to desist crime, serving his punishment.

He said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.

Ihotu of Idu Karmo, had pleaded guilty to a count charge of being possession of a stolen items and prayed the for leniency.

“I did not steal the generator sir, I saw the generator and borrow inside the bush close to the site where I am working.

“ Please sir, forgive me, I’m so sorry for actions. Ihotu pleaded’’

The prosecution counsel, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, told the on Jan.16 at about 4 a.m a team of led by Insp. Kawu Ndako of Utako while on patrol, received a distress call the FCT command to assist a police office, arrested the convict in Jabi.

She told the court the police patrol team after receiving the call drove down to the scene of the incident and arrested Ihotu a wheelbarrow and big generator.

Ukagha said that during police Ihotu could not give a satisfactory account of himself and the said property.

The prosecutor said that the offence contravened the provisions of Section 319 of the Penal Code.