A Zuba Grade 1 Area Court on Tuesday in Abuja sentenced a 19-year-old homeless boy, Sabiu Suleiman, to six months imprisonment for stealing 39 tubers of yam.
The Judge, Malam Gambo Garba, who handed down the verdict, said the accused was guilty as charged.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Suleiman had pleaded guilty to the charge of theft.
Gambo, however, gave the man an option of N5, 000 fine.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Haruna Danlami, had told the court that the case was reported at Zuba Police Station on Jan. 4 by a group of market women led by Janet Salawu.
According to Danlami, Suleiman had gone out early in the morning to the Fly-Over Market at Zuba and stole 39 tubers of yam valued at N55, 000.
“During police investigations, the tubers of yams were recovered from the accused.’’
The prosecutor said the offence contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code, Laws of the Federation.