Ibrahim Bala claimed he was influenced by his bad friends to steal a gas cylinder.

He was caught entering a compound in Abuja uninvited to commit the crime.

For adhering to the advice of his friends, Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Wednesday ordered that he should be given six lashes of cane.

The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, who ordered the punishment, warned the convict to desist from committing crime.

Bala of no fixed address was charged with theft.

He had admitted committing the crime and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy.