Usman Abubakar, a resident of Kado fish market, Abuja was arraigned before a Grade 1 Area Court Karmo, Abuja, on Tuesday, for joint act and extortion of
N7,000 from his victim.
Abubakar, who pleaded guilty to the charge and asked the court to temper justice with mercy, claimed that the devil pushed him to the crime and promised to be more dedicated to his fish business.
The prosecutor, Florence Auhioboh, told the court that one Ibrahim Buba, of 4th Avenue Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, reported the matter at the Gwarimpa Police Station, on July 28. Adding that, on that same date in Gwarimpa, the convict and one other person, who is now at large, attacked and threatened to kill him with a long, sharp knife.
N7,000 cash and one Techno phone valued N20,000.
During police investigation, he confessed that his friend who is now at large is in possession of the stolen money.
Abubakar, who was arraigned on a two-count charge, was sentenced to six-month imprisonment.
The presiding judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, did not give the convict any option of fine, stating that he must serve the punishment as a deterrent to other would-be offenders and warned him to desist from committing crimes.
“Be dedicated to your business,” Sadiq told the convict.