By Olalekan Awojodu
A trader, Ossai Nnabuike was Monday sentenced to 11 months imprisonment by a Grade I Area Court, Karu in Abuja.
The accused was convicted for stealing the sum of N69,000 belonging to his trader partner.
The offence contravened the provisions of sections 312, 322 and 309 of the Penal Code.
Although he pleaded guilty to the crime, the trial Judge, Maiwada Inuwa nevertheless sentenced Nnabuike to prison for eleven months.
Inuwa however, gave the convict an option to pay a fine of N25, 000.
Earlier at the resumed trial, the Prosecution Counsel, Ade Adeyanju told the court that the convict, Ossai Nnabuike of Army Housing Estate, Kurudu, Abuja on Nov. 19 and Nov. 20, sold two bags of rice for his co-trader who was not at the shop.
Adeyanju said that after the sales, the customers entrusted the sum of N69, 000 being payment for the two bags of rice and the convict converted the money to his personal use.
According to Adeyanju, the matter was reported at the Karu Police Station by Rashidat Taofeek, of No 36, Dagbana street, Jikwoyi, Abuja.