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Detained suspect breaks into police cupboard, steals pistol, tear gas canister in Abuja

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A Dei-Dei Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Monday sentenced a 21-year-old man, Joshua Geoffrey, to three years’ imprisonment for stealing a pistol and a tear gas canister from a police officers’ cupboard.

Mr Geoffrey, who lives in Kubwa Abuja, was charged with criminal charm and theft.

Mr Geoffrey, had earlier pleaded guilty and in tears begged the court for leniency.

“I am so sorry sir, please don’t send me to prison, because I don’t have any relatives here in Abuja.

“Please sir forgive me, I will not commit any offence again,” he said.

The Area Court judge, Sulyman Ola in his ruling, however, sentenced Mr Geoffrey without an option of a fine.

Mr Ola said the convict is not a first time offender and had been arraigned in the court for different offence.

The judge warned the convict to be good citizen and of good behaviour and desist from committing crime after serving his jail term.

He said the punishment would have been stiffer if the convict had not saved the court the rigour of protracted Prosecution.

Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the convict was in detention inside the cell at the Byazhin Police Station in connection to a case of mischief and cell phone theft.

Mr Ogada said a police officer opened the cell and brought out the convict to clean the cell and the crime office but he used that opportunity and smartly broke two cupboards in the crime office.

He said the convict broke the cardboard belonging to two police inspectors and stole a tear gas canister, cell phone, N5,000 cash and a pistol.

He said the convict was later tracked down and re-arrested by the police.

He said during police interrogation the convict confessed that he used the pistol to threaten and rob people of their property.

Mr Ogada told the court that during the police investigation some charms were recovered from the convict.

Mr Ogada said the offence contravened the provisions of sections 217 and 287 of the Penal Code.


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