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A Mararaba Upper Area Court in Nasarawa State yesterday ordered that a 21-year-old phone repairer, Michael Adeku, be given 22 strokes of the cane for stealing four litres of palm oil.



Adeku, a resident of Yelwa Aso ‘B’, Mararaba, Nasarawa State, was convicted after pleading guilty to a two-count charge of criminal trespass and theft.

The Judge, Mr. Ibrahim Shekarau, warned him to desist from such act.

“I, hereby, order a court official to give him 22 strokes of the cane,” he said.

The prosecutor, Donald Heman, had told the court that the convict trespassed into a shop belonging to Edwin Anunobi, on Calvary Road, behind a police station.

He said the convict entered the shop and stole four litres of palm oil valued at N4,500.

Heman said the offences contravened sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code.



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