A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court, on Thursday, ordered a 21-year-old labourer, Shuaibu Haruna to be flogged with 12 strokes of the cane for stealing a wallet.
The Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, made the pronouncement after Haruna, a resident of Badiko, Kaduna, pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of theft levelled against him.
Haruna prayed the court for leniency and vowed to refrain from such acts.
The magistrate held that the court applied leniency because Haruna admitted being guilty without wasting the court’s time.
Emmanuel 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 Feb. 5, at the Gabasawa Police Station.
Leo said that Haruna was caught and handed over to the police following an intelligent report from a member of the public.
He said that the offence contravened the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.(NAN)