A lower court in the Nigerian capital of Abuja has sentenced a 28 year old man to four months in prison, with hard labour, for stealing shoes in a mosque. The Abuja Grade 2 Area Court in Kado on Wednesday found Isah Abdullahi, from Utako Village, guilty over the theft of seven pairs of shoes.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Simeon Ibrahim, told the court that Abdulrazak Abdullahi, the Chief Imam of Utako Village Mosque, Abuja, lodged a report against the accused at the Utako Police Station.
Ibrahim said the complainant reported that the convict had, while the Isha’i prayer was going on inside the mosque, formed criminal intention and dishonestly stole seven different pairs of shoes. He said the shoes belonged to the worshipers who had come to the mosque for prayers. The convict was caught red-handed.Ibrahim said that the shoes had been recovered from the convict and that he confessed to stealing them. The prosecutor said the offense contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code.
Mr Ahmed Ado, the presiding judge, sentenced the convict after he pleaded guilty to the one-count charge. Abdullahi was not given an option of fine. Ado said that Abdullahi was a heartless man, having stolen from a mosque. He said that if anyone could go to a church or mosque to steal, it meant that the person was heartless and could do worst things anywhere.