In an effort to reduce the high rate of crime within Misau, a Bauchi State suburb, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), has arraigned nine suspects of various crimes before a magistrate court in the state.
The suspects, WikkiTimes learnt, were accused of offenses ranging from theft, house/shop burgling, conspiracy, trespassing and an attempt to commit offence.
Delivering judgment over the case no CMC1/MS/165cr/2022, Chief Magistrate Kawu Bala, sentenced one of the accused persons, Sale Adamu, 19, to two years prison term for the offense bordering on theft, three years for burgling and six months for criminal conspiracy.
Also in a different but related offense, Adamu was sentenced to three years for shop breaking, two years for trespassing and four years for theft.
The Chief Magistrate said all these offenses are punishable under sections 97, 356, 352 and 287 of the Penal Code.
However, when the accused pleaded for mercy, the prosecuting counsel, Idris Muhammed Dambam, asked the court not to listen to his plea as he still has three other pending cases of similar or same offenses.
Similarly, the court sentenced the trio of Sabo Kawuwa, Mubarak Kawu and Kamal Mohammed for invading one Fati Suleiman’s house in the night and carted away valuables worth N948,500.
The magistrate, however, sentenced each of them to two years for house breaking, four years for theft and six months for criminal conspiracy.
In another reading, the court convicted Walidi Magaji, Sale Adamu, Aliyu Mohammed, and Muhamud Ahmed to six months imprisonment for criminal conspiracy, three months imprisonment for attempting to commit an offense.
These are not subjected to fines, WikkiTimes learnt. Meanwhile there are other six persons awaiting trial for the same or similar offences.