Man jailed seven years without fine for stealing laptop

A laptop thief is to spend the next seven years in jail, according to an Abeokuta Chief Magistrates’ Court.

The court sentenced 28-year-old Gbenga Salako to seven years imprisonment for breaking into a woman’s apartment in broad daylight and stealing a laptop worth N70, 000.

Mr. Salako, whose address was not provided, was tried for break-in and stealing.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the accused was first arraigned on August 24, 2016 and he pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him.

The Chief Magistrate, Oriyomi Sofowora, who handed down the verdict, said the convict would serve his term with hard labour and without an option of fine.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Sunday Eigbejiale told the court that the accused committed the offences on August 16, 2016 at about 11:20 a.m. at Block Ez, OGD Housing Estate, Asero.

Mr. Eigbejiale, a police inspector, said the accused broke into the apartment of the complainant, Funbi Onigide, and stole a Dell laptop and the charger valued at N70, 000.

“Salako was caught in the act by some neigbours and reported him to the Community Development Association (CDA).

“Some of the CDA members accosted him and found a Dell laptop, a hammer and a cutlass in his bag and handed him over to the police.”

The offences contravened Sections 390(6) and 411(1),(2) of the Criminal Laws of Ogun State, 2006.



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  • Malik

    Rubbish Judges…
    Stealing a laptop worth N70,000 = seven years.
    Meanwhile somebody else stole N754 million and got 10 years.
    How does one explain these lopsided sentencing?

    • musa aliyu

      What about of those who stole lones and technically exonerated? Mtchewww!!!

  • Tosin

    That’s really unfair.
    The economy is bad and I can tell you some people who are directly responsible. We are not jailing those people, we’re watching for their body language or whatever. Stealing is bad, but forcing masses of people to have no option but to steal is really bad.

  • Angry Niaja

    This judge should be stoned, Obanikoro, Doyin Okupe, aka bastard, FFK, Methuselah are all walking free haven stolen billions, now FFK is trying to settle out of court, yet this cash and carry judge jails someone for stealing a 70k laptop seven years, mind you he pleaded guilty so did not waste the court’s time, that other fraudulent fuel subsidy woman got a slap on the wrist just last week. Nigerians, we really need to protest these absurdities.