A 30-year-old man identified as Hassan Jamilu, who was paraded at a Gudu Upper Area Court sitting in Abuja on Monday, was sentenced to 12 weeks in prison for breaking into Shoprite’s cash room and attempting to break the safe.
Alhaji Umar Kagarko, who is the court judge, gave Jamilu an option of fine in the sum of N30,000 and warned him to desist from committing crimes, adding that the plaintiff, as a private organisation should file a civil matter for compensation.
The suspect was earlier arraigned on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, shop breaking and attempt to commit an offence of theft.
The Prosecutor, Patrick Ebong, had told the court that one Harrison Jatau of Pavilion Security Limited, Shoprite mall, Apo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Apo Police Station on April 25.
He said Jamilu criminally trespassed into the said mall through the backyard, climbed the fence to the roof top and broke into the ceiling. He said the convict used a robe and dropped down into the cash room of the mall and attempted to break the safe.
Vanguard reported that the security alarm blew and the convict narrowly escaped and was eventually caught and arrested by the police on Aug. 15, after he was also captured by the CCTV installed within the rooms of the mall.
The prosecutor said that the offence contravened Sections 348, 355 and 95 of the Penal Code. He also said the convict was arrested with pliers, scissors, two screw drivers, one flame mate burner and its gas, rain coat robe and an umbrella.
Jamilu pleaded guilty and asked for leniency.