An Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court in Karu on Monday sentenced a private security guard, Silas Atidoga, to 30 days in prison for negligent conduct resulting in the theft of a car.
The Magistrate, Malam Aminu Abdullahi, sentenced Atidoga after he pleaded guilty to a two count of joint act and negligent conduct filed against him and two others.
Abdullahi, however, gave him an option of N10,000 fine following his plea for leniency on the grounds that he had an aged mother, a wife and three children to cater for.
But his co-accused, Solomon Saya and Irimiya Yunana, pleaded not guilty and were granted bail in the sum of N100,000 each.
The Prosecutor, Mr Ambi Ayuba, had told the court that the accused persons, all employees of Desert Cat Security Company, Abuja, were posted to a residential building at Garki 2, Abuja.
Ayuba said that the case was reported by an occupant of the building, Mrs Ummulkhait Ahmed, whose Honda Accord car was stolen as a result of the accused persons’ negligence.
He said that the car was stolen from Mrs. Ahmed’s car park within the compound in the night of March 26 by yet-to-be identified persons.
He said that the accused persons, who were on duty that night, claimed they knew nothing about the missing car, while the compound had just one entry and exit gate.
The offence, according to him, contravenes sections 79 and 196 of the Penal Code.
The case was adjourned until May 7 for presentation of witnesses by the police against the first (Saya) and third (Yunana) accused persons.