An Oredo Magistrates’ Court in Benin, Edo State has sentenced a 34-year-old man, Wisdom Sakpra, to one year in prison for stealing the sum of N110,000.
Mr. Sakpra was arrested on January 23, 2020, while robbing customers that went to First Bank in Adesuwa Junction, Sapele road in Benin.
During his trial on Monday, February 17, 2020, the the police prosecutor, ASP Patrick Agbonifo told the court that the Sakpra unlawfully stole a total of N110,000, property of Andrew Igbodidi.
Agbonifo explained that the convict also confessed that he had robbed another bank customer, Ehis Unemhin, close to UBA on Textile Mill Road, Benin.
The convict during an investigation confessed to have used handkerchief to clean the victim’s face to dispossess him of the money.
“Sakpra said when he uses the handkerchief to clean a victim’s face, he usually losses consciousnesses and obeys all his instructions and directives,” Agbonifo added.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 516 and 390(9) of the Criminal Code, Laws of the defunct Bendel State, 1976, now applicable in Edo.
The Magistrate, Ivie Akere sentenced Sakpra after the convict had pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing filed against him.
Akere sentenced the convict to six months on each count charge and did not give him an option of fine to served as a deterrent to others.
During the robbery operation wich happened at First Bank, Union Bank and Skye Bank located on the same street in Ikirun, 32 persons lost their lives, including two policemen on duty.