A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Thursday sentenced one Abdullahi Inuwa to two years’ imprisonment for vandalising a transformer and stealing its power supply cables.
The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave Mr Inuwa an option of N25,000 fine.
Mr Sadiq advised him to desist from crime, and hoped that the sentence would serve as a deterrent to others.
“It is even dangerous to go close to a transformer,” he warned.
Mr Inuwa, who resides at Jabi Garage, Abuja, was convicted on a three-count charge of conspiracy, trespass and theft, after he pleaded guilty.
He had prayed the court to tamper justice with mercy, claiming that he acted in ignorance.
The prosecutor, Florence Avhioboh, told the court that Mr Inuwa scaled a fence after stealing the cables but was arrested at the Panda Supermarket, Jabi, where he jumped into.
She submitted that Chukwu Ugbo in the supermarket reported the case at the Utako Police Station, Abuja, on Sept. 19.
According to the prosecutor, the cables were valued at millions of naira.
The prosecutor said that the offence was punishable under Sections 79, 343 and 288 of the Penal Code.