An Abuja Grade 1 Area Court, sitting in Kado, on Monday sentenced a scavenger, Mansur Manso, 22, to one month in prison for stealing an ice block machine compressor.
Manso of Jabi Motor Park, Abuja, was arraigned on one count of theft.
The Presiding Judge, Alhaji Mohammed Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N2,000 fine after he pleaded guilty.
“The punishment is to make you change your lifestyle from that of crime to being a good citizen,” he said.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Simon Ibrahim, told the court that the convict entered the complainant’s shop and stole the compressor attached to his ice block making machine valued at N15,000.
During police investigation, the compressor was recovered in Manso’s possession.
Ibrahim said that one Felix Oluhare of Jabi Motor Park, Abuja, reported the matter to the Utako Police Station on March 3.
After the convict’s guilty plea, the prosecutor urged the court to summarily sentence him under the Criminal Procedures Code.
He said the offence contravened the Penal Code.