Grade 1 Area Court Karmo, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced one Usman Abubakar to six-month imprisonment for joint act and extortion of N7,000 from his victim.
Abubakar, a resident of Kado fish market, Abuja was arraigned on a two-count charge.
The presiding judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, did not give the convict any option of fine.
Sadiq said he must serve the punishment as a deterrent to other would-be offenders and warned him to desist from committing crimes.
“Be dedicated to your business,” Sadiq told the convict.
Before the judgement was delivered, Abubakar had pleaded guilty to the charge and prayed the court to temper justice with mercy, claiming that the devil pushed him to the crime.
He promised to be more dedicated to his fish business.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Florence Auhioboh, told the court that one Ibrahim Buba, of 4th Avenue Gwarimpa Estate, Abuja, reported the matter at the Gwarimpa Police Station, on July 28.
Auhioboh said on that same date in Gwarimpa, the convict and one other person, who is now at large, attacked and threatened to kill him with a long, sharp knife.
They collected N7,000 cash and one Techno phone valued N20,000.
During police investigation, he confessed that his friend who is now at large is in possession of the stolen money.
The prosecutor said the offence was punishable under sections 79 and 292 of the Penal Code.
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