An Abuja Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday ordered that a 19-year-old boy, Isaiah Sunday, be flogged 12 strokes of the cane for theft.
The Senior Magistrate, Shafa Aliyu, ordered that the convict be flogged after he pleaded guilty on a one-count charge of stealing.
Aliyu said that the punishment would serve as deterrent to others, “besides, he is a young boy and the complainant has forgiven him,’’ Aliyu said.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the police executed the public flogging of the teenager after the judgment.
Earlier, Prosecutor Udeh David told the court that Ntibuka Linda of No. 22 Majekodumi Street, Utako, Abuja, reported the case at Wuse Police Station.
David said that the complainant came back from a journey on Jan. 5 to discover that the convict had entered her apartment.
He said the convict stole N18, 000, one curve 4 blackberry phone, one touch light Nokia phone and one carton of Indomie noodles.
The prosecutor said during the investigation the Nokia and Blackberry phones were recovered from the convict and the complainant forgave the accused.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Section 289 of the Penal Code.
Sunday pleaded guilty to the charge and pleaded for forgiveness.
`My lord, forgive me. She called me on phone to warm her generator and then I saw the key to her room.
“I opened the room and took only N4, 000 not N18, 000. I used the money to buy one Polo shirt and spent the balance. (NAN)