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Court jails buyer of train tracks for 2yrs



A Customary Court in Kafanchan, Kaduna state, has sentenced a man, Abubakar Garba, to two years in a correctional centre.

ROYAL NEWS reports that Garba was jailed for receiving stolen railway tracks.

He was arraigned alongside Abdulrahman Isah on a three-count charge of criminal trespass, theft and receiving stolen property.

The police prosecutor, Insp. Esther Bishen, told the court that a police team while on patrol on May 5 arrested Isah after he entered into the Nigeria Railway Corporation Office in Kafanchan and stole two rail tracks.

Bishen said during investigation, Isah confessed to have sold the two tracks to Garba at the rate of N4000 each.

According to her, the offences run contrary to sections 337, 270 and 301 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law.

When the charges were read to them, they both pleaded guilty and begged the court for leniency.

The prosecutor thereafter prayed the court to try them summarily in line with section 125 subsection 8 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Act.

In his ruling, the presiding judge, George Gwani sentenced Isah to six months imprisonment or a fine of N20, 000 on count one and one year imprisonment or N16, 000 fine for the second count.

Gwani sentenced Garba to two years imprisonment with a fine option of N50, 000 for the third count.

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