Drama in court as convict attempts escape

High Court

Musa, 20, son of a police inspector, was sentenced by the Presiding Judge, Abdullahi Abdullahi.

A mild drama ensued in a Grade 1 Area Court in Karshi, Abuja, on Tuesday when a convict, Abdullaziz Musa, who was sentenced to six months in prison tried to escape.

Musa, 20, son of a police inspector, was sentenced by the Presiding Judge, Abdullahi Abdullahi, after he pleaded guilty to two counts of criminal trespass and robbery.

Mr. Abdullahi had, however, given the convict an option to pay N11, 000 fine.

He had ordered that the convict be remanded in prison, if he failed to pay the fine.

After the judgment, the convict was locked up in a court room, to allow him or his relatives pay the fine.

As the police made arrangements to transport Mr. Musa to Keffi Prison in Nasarawa State, he broke loose and removed the burglary-proof and tried to escape.

He was, however, captured by security and police officers in the court.

Speaking to the News Agency of Nigeria, the prosecutor, Pascal Njoku, described Mr. Musa as a “notorious” thief in Karshi.

“His father knows about his activities. In fact, it was his father who arrested him and brought him to the police station.

“His father is a law-abiding citizen,” Mr. Njoku said.

Earlier, the prosecutor told the court that the convict and two others now at large robbed one Rabi Bala of her household belongings.

Mr. Njoku said that the accused of Angwan Sarki in Orozo, Abuja, broke into the complainant’s house at midnight, tied her legs, hands and mouth and made away with her property.

He said that the convict stole an LG flat television set valued at N68,000, two techno phones valued at N16,000, a suitcase containing perfumes and N7,000.

Mr. Njoku said that when Mr. Musa was arrested, the suitcase and some perfume bottles were recovered from him.

The offence according to the prosecutor is punishable under Sections 243 and 287 of the Penal Code.


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