A Masaka Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State has sentenced a 30-year-old salesman, Femi Samson, to 18 months’ imprisonment for misappropriating his employer’s N63,125.
Samson, a resident of Riverside Film, Bala Masaka, Nasarawa State, pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of misappropriation.
Pleading for mercy, he said: “My lord, I am sorry for what I did. Please give me two months to pay back. I promise to do this.”
The judge, Yakubu Ishaku, sentenced Samson to 18 months’ imprisonment.
But he gave him an option of N10,000 fine, saying he should pay N63,125 to the complainant.
The court ordered the convict to pay N12,000 to the complainant being expenses incurred for the prosecution.
Ishaku said N75,125, should be paid within two months as agreed by the convict.
He warned that in case of a default, the convict would get additional 10 months’ imprisonment.
The prosecutor, Frank Swem, told the court that Janet Emeafu, of Up Market, Masaka, Nasarawa State, reported the matter at the Divisional Police Station, Masaka, on November 5.
He said on November 3, the Manager of Hot Lottery Shop, at Maju Market, Masaka, entrusted the amount to him.
Swem told the court that the convict stole the money.
He added that during investigation, it was discovered that the convict converted the money to his use.
The prosecutor said Samson absconded to an unknown destination until he was arrested on November 8.
He said the offence contravened Section 309 of the Penal Code.