An egg thief will serve six months in jail in Minna, Niger State, a Magistrates’ Court ruled Wednesday.
The convict, 28-year-old Amisu Bello, was found guilty of stealing 13 crates of eggs.
He was arraigned alongside one Shefiu Yahaya on a two-count of theft and receiving stolen property.
Police Prosecutor, Emmanuel Ogiri, told the court that one Isa Azeez, the Manager of IK Farms, Gidan Mangoro, Minna, reported the matter at the Kpakungu Police Station on September 17.
Ogiri said that Bello, a farmer, went to IK farm and stole 13 crates of eggs and when he was arrested, he confessed to having previously stolen 12 crates on five different occasions.
He also said that police investigation revealed that Bello was in the habit of selling the eggs to Yahaya.
Bello had pleaded guilty to the crime, while Yahaya pleaded not guilty.
The Magistrate, Ramatu Adamu, subsequently sentenced Bello to six months in prison with an option N10,000 fine. He also ordered him to pay N17,000 to the complainant as compensation.
Yahaya was discharged and absolved of any wrongdoing after establishing the fact that he bought the eggs at their market value without the knowledge that they were stolen.