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Leadership, Abuja, 11 February 2009

Sharia Court Jails Two For Theft

Daura -- A Sharia Court in Daura, Katsina State has sentenced two men to six months imprisonment with 10 strokes of the cane each for theft.

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The convicts, Dahiru Mamman of Hanga village and Mohammed Musbahu of Kandaka village all in Niger, were convicted for stealing six goats belonging to one Alto Iliyasu in Mai'adua local government area of the state.

Delivering judgment, Khadi Bala Salisu said the sentence followed the court's conviction beyond reasonable doubt that the accused persons committed the offence contrary to section 135 (12) of the state penal code.

He said the court, having found them guilty of the offence, sentenced them to six months imprisonment without option of fine and also ordered them to receive 10 strokes of the cane each.

The prosecutor, Police Constable Sanusi Hamza, had earlier told the court that the principal suspect, Mamman was arrested together with his accomplice, Musbahu early this month.

He said the arrest followed a report to the police by Iliyasu and two others whose goats were stolen.

He said the complainants had accused the two suspects of stealing six goats, five of which were discovered with Musbahu who had already slaughtered one.

The prosecutor further told the court that Mamman had, during interrogation, confessed to have stolen the goats from Daura and taken them to Musbahu's house. (NAN).

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