An Upper Area Court in Gwagwalada, Federal Capital Territory (FCT), has sentenced a 26-year-old trader, Dauda Ibrahim, to 12 strokes of the cane for stealing two pairs of shoes at a mosque.
Ibrahim, who lives at Angwan Dodo in Gwagwalada area of the Federal Capital Territory, was arraigned for theft.
The judge, Alhaji Alhassan Kusherki, who handed down the verdict, said the court had no option than to sentence Ibrahim since he had pleaded guilty.
Kusherki also sentenced the shoe thief to six months imprisonment, but with an option of N30, 000 fine.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Cpl. Iliya Maji had told the court that Ibrahim stole two pairs of shoes at the New Zango Central Mosque, on May 3 during a prayer session.
Maji said the shoes which belonged to Salidu Mohammed and Abdulumu Yahaya were valued at N5,000 and N3, 000 respectively.
He said the case was reported at the Police Area Command in Gwagwalada by one Muhammed Attahir, of the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN). (NAN)