By Mariam Bello
An Osun State magistrate court in Osogbo on Tuesday sentenced three nursing mothers and two men to six months imprisonment for stealing.
The suspects include Regina Philip, 40, celilia Ochili, 25, Ankara Elisabeth, 30, Odebiyi Yinka, 20, and Ayoola Samson.
The prosecutor, Inspector Adegoke Taiwo told the court that the five convicts conspired among themselves to commit felony to wit stealing on July 5, 2016 at Erin Osun.
He explained further that Odebiyi Yinka and Ayoola Samson stole 1600 fowls valued N3.2 million property of Pastor Mrs Aluko Titilayo Farms in Erin Osun area of the state.
He stressed that the three breastfeeding mothers received 5800 fowls from Samson Ayooola and Odebiyi Yinka knowing fully that it was stolen.
Inspector Adegoke Taiwo argued that the offence contravenes sections 516 and 383, punishable under sections 390(9) and 427 of the criminal code cap 34 volume 11 laws of Osun State of Nigeria 2003.
The defence counsel, Mrs B. Y. Dada prayed the court to temper justice with mercy saying the convicts has been able to pay N200,000 to the complainant.
She also begged the court to consider the breastfeeding mothers adding that they have been coming from the prison custody where they were remanded.
The magistrate, Mrs Awodele Modupe while delivering the final judgment sentenced all the convits to six calender months imprisonment with an option of N10,000 fine each.