The Judge, Mr Gambo Garba, ordered the flogging of Kabiru, who resides at the Tipper Garage, Lugbe, after he pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of stealing and criminal intimidation.
Garba said that the punishment would have been worse if the convict had not saved the court the pains of protracted prosecution.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
The judge, who warned the convict to be of good behaviour and desist from crime, discharged him and ordered that the recovered items be returned to the church.
Prosecutor Paul Anigbo had told the court that Olusegun Akin caught the accused on April 11 and handed him over to Lugbe Police Station.
Anigbo said that the complainant claimed he caught the convict removing Aluminum panels at a parish of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Federal Housing Authority Estate, Lugbe.
The prosecutor also said that Kabiru resisted arrest and attempted to stab Akin with a knife, which he brought out from his pocket.
Anigbo said that the offences contravened Sections 397 and 287 of the Penal Code. (NAN)