“I’m guilty, forgive me” man who steals own car from police station begs court

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A man Shehu Adamu who reportedly stole his own car from police station has begged Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday to please forgive him.

Report said Adamu resides at Utako Village, Abuja, and was arraigned on a charge of theft, pleaded guilty after admitting to committing the offence. He begged the court for leniency.

“I plead with this court to reduce my punishment for I know I am guilty of all the allegations.’’

In his ruling the Judge, Alhaji Inuwa Maiwada, discharged him and warned him not to commit any office again but ordered him to sign a bond to be of good behaviour, The Punch reported.

Maiwada also ordered the police to release the car to the defendant.

The Prosecuting Counsel, Mrs Ijeoma Ukagha, had told the court that one Ugochukwu Ogbonna, a Mobile Police Officer attached Utako Police Station, reported the matter at the station.

“They were at a checkpoint, where the officer stopped the man to search his car and discovered that the man had no driver’s licence, and the car was later taken to the police station.

“The defendant later went to the station and fraudulently took the car without the consent of the police officer that arrested him,” Ukagha said.

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She said that during police investigation, the defendant could not give a satisfactory account of his actions.

According to the prosecutor, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code.

Collection of bribes by Nigeria Police officers on Nigerian roads is rampant, they are fond of impounding car, whose owners can not offer a bribe.

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