A magistrate’s court in Lagos on Wednesday sentenced a 28-year-old cart pusher, Obinna Eze, to 18 months imprisonment for burgling a shop and stealing 83 pairs of ladies’ shoes worth N300,000.
Mr. Eze, who resides at Ijora, Lagos, is facing a two-count charge of burglary and theft.
The convict, who had earlier been arraigned in the court on February 9, pleaded guilty.
The prosecutor, Philip Osijiale, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on December 20, 2015 at about 2:00am.
According to him, the convict burgled the shop of one Temitope Ogunbanjo at No. 19, Savannah Plaza, Gbajumo Street, Ajah Park, Balogun, Lagos, and stole 83 pairs of ladies’ shoes.
Mr. Osijaile said the offences contravened Sections 285, 309 (10) (2) and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
The magistrate, Memunat Folami, sentenced the accused to 18 months imprisonment with hard labour, without an option of fine.
Mr. Folami admonished Nigerian youths who leave their various villages for Lagos with the mindset of making quick money to stay in their villages and take up farming, instead of embracing crime.
“It is not compulsory that everybody must to come to Lagos, the nation needs young farmers.
“Most of these young men come to Lagos and when they cannot make ends meet, they steal and rob. This will serve as an example for other miscreants like him still out there,” she said.