An Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama in Jos, on Friday sentenced a 19-year-old painter, Sagir Umar to 6 months imprisonment for extorting valuables from a truck driver.
The Judge, Lawal Suleiman, however, gave him an option of fine of N10, 000 after he pleaded guilty to the charge.
He said the judgment would serve as deterrent to those who would want to indulge in such act.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Insp. Monday Dabit told the court that the case was reported at the Angwan Rogo Police Station Jos on Nov.15 by one Musa Abbal.
Dabit said that the convict in company of his friend now at large, armed themselves with knives, cutlass and sticks and collected the complainant truck battery, compressor, jack and a phone all valued at N133, 500.
He added that during police investigation, the items were recovered and returned to the owner.
The prosecutor said the offense was contrary to Section 277 of the Penal Code law of Plateau. (NAN)