By Abimbola Ogunnaike
A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, presided over by Ibrahim Emmanuel on Thursday, 8 February, 2024 ordered a 21-year-old labourer, Shuaibu Haruna, to be flogged 12 strokes of the cane for stealing a wallet.
MagistrateEmmanuel, made the pronouncement after Haruna, a resident of Badiko, Kaduna, pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of theft leveled against him.
Haruna prayed the court for leniency and vowed to refrain from such acts.
The magistrate,who held that the court applied leniency because he admitted being guilty without wasting the court’s time, advised him to be of good behaviour and desist from crime in the future.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Chidi Leo, informed the court that Haruna stole a wallet containing N45,000, an ATM card and other items belonging to the complainant, Mr Williams Ezekiel.
He said that Ezekiel, who resides at Ungwan Sarki, Kaduna, reported the matter on February 5, at the Gabasawa Police Station.
According to Leo, Haruna was caught and handed over to the police following intelligent report from a member of the public.
The police prosecutor added that the offence contravened the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.