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Trader bags 9 months jail term for snatching cell phone



A Grade I Area Court, Dei-Dei, Abuja, on Thursday, sentenced a 25-year-old trader, Muhammed Sarajo, to nine months’ imprisonment for snatching a cell phone valued N85,000.

Sarajo pleaded guilty to the conspiracy and theft and begged for leniency.

The judge, Malam Sulyman Ola, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N30,000 and ordered him to pay N85, 000 compensation to the complainant.

He warned the convict to be a law abiding citizen.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Mr Chinedu Ogada, told the court that the complainant, Aliyu Salisu, reported the matter at the Dei-Dei Police station on Feb. 26.

Ogada said on Feb. 25 at 2.00 p.m., the convict and one other now at large, criminally conspired and intentionally attacked the complainant with scissors.

He told the court that the convict snatched his Tecno phone valued at N85,000 and escaped to an unknown destination but resurfaced days after, and was apprehended and handed over to the police.

The prosecutor said the convict made a confessional statement during police investigation.

The convict told the police that the suspect sold the phone to one Mama Fatima who resides at Apiyawe.

The prosecutor said all efforts to recover the said phone proved abortive, and the offences contravened sections 97 and 288 of the Penal Code.


Two farmers jailed for assault, attempted extortion



An Area Court in Jos on Friday sentenced two farmers, Samaila Zanko, 24, and Umar Abubakar, 36, to three months imprisonment each for assault and extortion.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Zanko and Abubakar after they pleaded guilty to assault and attempted extortion.

Bokkos, however, gave each of them an option to pay a fine of N10,000.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported on Sept. 11 at the office of the Police Anti-Kidnapping Unit, Jos, by the complainant, Malam Saudi Abdullahi.

The prosecutor said that the convicts beat up the complainant after invading his house.

He told the court that the convicts also demanded N3 million from the complainant as a “settlement fee”and threatened to beat him up if he refused to comply.

Dabit said that the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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Family of Gandu attack victim in Nasarawa begs Gov. Sule, others for assistance



The family of Isa Yusuf, a victim of a military shoot-out with suspected kidnappers in the Gandu area of the Lafia metropolis, Nasarawa State, has appealed for help.

Isa Yusuf was shot and left at the Dalhatu Araf Specialist Hospital (DASH), Lafia after a rescue mission went awry.

According to Salihu Yusuf, the elder brother of the victim, Isa went to rescue a kidnapped relative in Gandu, only to be mistaken for fleeing kidnappers by military operatives. The encounter resulted in Isa being shot three times.

The family, expressing understanding of the military’s duty, is struggling with the escalating medical expenses.

Salihu Yusuf stated the family has already spent over ₦200,000 on tests and scanning, with indications that one of the shots affected Isa’s spinal cord, necessitating a referral to a hospital in Jos, Plateau State.

Isa, a painter and electrician, not only faces health challenges but also cares for four children left behind by a late brother.

The family, unable to bear the medical costs alone, is reaching out to well-meaning individuals, with a special plea to Governor Abdullahi Sule for assistance.

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Student jailed for theft in Jos



An area court in Jos, Plateau State capital, on Friday, sentenced a 23-year-old student, David Longji, to three months imprisonment for stealing a solar panel.

The judge, Mr Shawomi Bokkos, sentenced Longji after he pleaded guilty to theft.

Bokkos, however, gave him the option to pay N20,000 as a fine.

Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp Ibrahim Gokwat, told the court that the case was reported on October 16 at the Anglo-Jos Police Station by one Livinus James, the complainant.

The prosecutor said the convict stole the solar panel from a company and was caught while trying to sell it.

Gokwat said the offence contravened the provisions of the Plateau Penal Code.

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