Hand-bag Thief To Spend 11 Months In Prison
While the EFCC needs a whistle blowing witness and several court rulings to bring to justice high profile suspects that are basking in the our common wealth; this Lagos court was swift in sentencing a petty thief to jail.
Perhaps 30-year-old Jamiu Muritala would have had a chance to get bail on health grounds if he had a Senior Advocate of Nigeria representing him or maybe he would have been granted bail on self-recognition if he was more prominent.
But it seems his attempt at unjustifiable survival has made the short arm of the law catch up with him.
Muritala, whose address was not provided, was convicted by an Ebute Meta Magistrates’ Court for snatching the handbag of the complainant, Florence Mbanuola, at Willougby Street.
The Magistrate, Mrs K.A. Ariyo, said: "Having found you guilty of the crime of snatching a handbag, I hereby sentence you to a jail term of 11 months without an option of fine."
At his arraignment, the accused had pleaded not guilty of the offence allegedly committed on October 25, 2016.
He was admitted to a bail of N20,000 with two responsible sureties in like sum. After due diligence and proper investigation by the prosecution (which we lack in the high profile cases), the Judge courageously (another element the EFCC would love to see in its own cases), pronounced judgement.