A Karmo Grade 1 Court in Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced a 30-year-old labourer, Nasiru Ibrahim, to three months imprisonment for stealing engine oil worth N2,500.
Justice Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave the convict an option of N3,000 fine.
Sadiq said that the punishment would have been more severe if the convict had not pleaded guilty and saved the court the pains of prolonged prosecution.
Ibrahim, of Agric Quarters, Wuse Zone 4, Abuja, was arraigned on a charge of theft.
He, however, pleaded guilty to the charge.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, informed the court that the complainant, Ifeanyi Lucky, of shop 101, Geo-Gratia’s Plaza, Utako, Abuja, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station on March 8.
Zannah said that on the same date at about 3:p.m. while the complainant was packing his goods from his vehicle into his shop, he discovered that a four-litre container of engine oil was stolen.
He said that the convict dishonestly made away with the engine oil valued at N2,500 without the consent of the owner.
He said that during police investigation, the convict admitted committing the offence and the engine oil was recovered from him.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 288 of the Penal Code. (NAN)