A Karmo Grade 1 Area Court in Abuja on Wednesday ordered six strokes of cane each on two scavengers who stole iron culvert valued at N40,000 from a church.

The scavengers, Kamalu Wade, 22; and Nazifia Lawal, 35; of no fixed address, were arraigned on three-count charge of joint act, criminal trespass and theft.

The prosecutor, Dalhatu Zannah, had told the court that the two men committed the offences on Wednesday, January 17 at 9.30 p.m. at Living Faith Church, Life Camp, Abuja.

Zannah said the chief security officer attached to the Church reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on the same date.

The prosecutor said Wade and Lawal confessed to the crime and the iron culvert was recovered.

The offences contravened sections 79, 348 and 287 of the Penal Code.

With no place to hide, they both pleaded guilty and begged the court for mercy, with a promise not to commit crime again.

The Judge, Abubakar Sadiq’s mercy came in the form of six strokes of the cane. They are to be lashed in public to act as deterrence to other criminals.

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