In Abuja a Senior Magistrates’ Court in Wuse, on Wednesday sentenced a 19-year-old woman, Princess Eze, to three months in prison for stealing six handbags, three cell phones and N40,000.
Eze of no fixed addressed, was arraigned for theft.
The Magistrate, Mrs Grace Adeboye, sentenced her after pleading guilty.
Adeboye, however, save the convict an option of N40,000 fine and advised her to change her ways.
She ordered that the recovered items should be returned to the owner.
Eze pleaded to the court to be merciful.
She said it was a Facebook friend who invited her to Abuja and lured her into prostitution.
She further said that she was trying to gather money to go back to her state to register for the Senior Secondary School Certificate Examination.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Umaru Ango, told the court that on March 24, at about 9.30 a.m., Ms Esther Alah and Odam Oluwa, both of Masalachi Road, beside Redeem Church Jabi, Abuja, lodged the report at the Wuse Police Station.
Ango said during investigation, the items were recovered from her.
The offence, he said, contravened section 287 of the Penal Code.