A Kaduna Chief Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, sentenced a 19-year-old sales representative, Ejike Michael, to eight months in prison for stealing provisions worth N200,000.
Magistrate Hajara Dauda sentenced Micheal after he pleaded guilty to theft.
Dauda, however, gave the convict, who resides at No.21 Ahmadu Bello Way in Kaduna, an option to pay a fine of N20,000.
She warned the convict to desist from committing crimes as the court would not show mercy next time.
Dauda said that the sentence was to served as deterrent to others intending to commit such crime.
Earlier, the Prosecution Counsel, Insp. Sunday Baba, told the court that Mr Chukwuemeka Odili reported the matter at the Taiwo Road Police Station on Aug.1.
He said that Micheal was entrusted with provisions worth N200,000 to supply to customers, but he sold the provisions and converted the money to his personal use.
Baba said all attempts to retrieve the money from the convict failed.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of Section 270 of the Kaduna State Penal Code Law, 2017.