A Wuse Zone 2 Senior Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday in Abuja sentenced a student, David Otu, 20, to three weeks imprisonment for stealing a phone.
The Magistrate, Mr Mohammed Tahir, sentenced Otu after he pleaded guilty.
The convict was, however, given an option to pay a fine of N15, 000.
Tahir said that the punishment was to make Otu change his life of crime.
Otu, a student of Dutse-Jabu Village in the FCT, was convicted on a charge of stealing.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Mr Otu Urom, said that one Mrs Kenechukwu Keneth of Anchor Estate on Airport Road reported the matter at the Wuse Police Station on April 30.
He said that the convict entered All Saint’s Church at Wuse Zone 5, pretending to have come for devotion only to steal a phone.
Urom said that the convict during a prayer session removed the complainant’s phone, valued at N285, 000 from her bag and vanished.
He said that during police investigation the convict confessed to stealing the phone and selling it for N40, 000 naira.
Urom said that the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code.