Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Kaduna on Thursday, ordered a 21-year-old labourer, Shuaibu Haruna to be flogged 12 strokes of the cane for stealing a wallet.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, the Magistrate, Ibrahim Emmanuel, made the pronouncement after Haruna, a resident of Badiko, Kaduna, pleaded guilty to a one-count charge of theft leveled against him.
Haruna prayed the court for leniency and vowed to desist from such acts.
The magistrate held that the court applied leniency because Haruna admitted being guilty without wasting the court’s time.
Emmanuel advised him to be of good behaviour and shun crime in the future.
The Prosecutor, Chidi Leo, had earlier informed the court that Haruna stole a wallet containing N45, 000, ATM card and other items belonging to the complainant, Mr Williams Ezekiel.
He said that Ezekiel, who resides at Ungwan Sarki, Kaduna, reported the matter on Feb. 5, at the Gabasawa Police Station.
Leo said that Haruna was caught and handed over to the police following intelligent report from a member of the public.
The offence, according to the prosecutor, contravened the Penal Code of Kaduna State, 2017.