A Gudu Upper Area Court on Thursday sentenced a 25-year-old labourer, Buhari Abdulkarim, to seven weeks imprisonment for stealing air conditioner in a church.
The convict, who pleaded guilty to the two-count charge of criminal trespass and theft, told the court that his devilish mind led him to steal.
The Upper Area Court judge, Mr Umar Kagarko, who gave the judgment ordered that the convict be given additional seven strokes of the cane.
He, however, gave him an option of N12,000 as fine.
The prosecutor, Mr Babajide Olanipekun, told the court that Insp. Sunday Lubolagbe reported the matter on behalf of the Redeemed Church, Lokogoma at Apo Police Station on Aug. 11.
He said that Abdulkarim of Ruga village, criminally trespassed into the church arena and stole the church airconditioner.
Olanipekun said that during police investigations, the airconditioner was recovered from him.
He said the offence contravened sections 348 and 299 of the Penal Code.