A 19-year-old labourer, Umar Aliyu, has told a Minna Magistrates’ Court in Niger State that hunger forced him to steal a techno phone, valued at N27,000.
Aliyu, who was arraigned on a one-count charge of theft, said he stole the phone with an intention to sell it and buy food.
He begged the court for leniency, saying he had learnt his lesson.
News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the magistrate, Mariam Kings, after listening to Aliyu’s plea, sentenced him to one month with an option of N10,000 fine.
Police prosecutor Moses Emberga told the court that Dahiru Rabiu of Chachanga village reported the matter at Minna Police Station on March 22.
He quoted the complainant as saying he was eating lunch on that day when the accused stole the phone.
According to Emberga, the accused confessed to stealing the phone, which he (accused), claimed to have handed over to Musa, for safe keeping