The Upper Area Court 4 in Yola, Adamawa State, has sentenced an 18-year-old boy, Usman Hassan, to 3-years in prison for st#aling livestock.
The teenager reportedly stole two rabbits, six chickens, two ducks and a half carton of fish in Yola.
The convict, who was sentenced on Thursday, April 21, disclosed that he committed the crime in order to buy Sallah clothes for himself and his siblings.
According to him, “I was forced to steal so that I can raise money to buy sallah clothes for myself and brothers. My father had divorced my mother leaving her with many of us children; presently, we do not know his whereabouts.
Our mother is poor and could not be able to buy clothes for us to celebrate sallah; that is why I decided to steal in order to raise money to buy clothes for Sallah.”
Judge Ibrahim Musa Ulenda convicted and sentenced him to three years imprisonment, but gave him an option of N50,000 fine and N30,000 compensation.
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