An Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama area of Jos, Plateau State, on Friday, sentenced two students to 18 months imprisonment each for extorting cell phone worth N20,000.
The police arraigned the convicts – Aliyu Ibrahim (18) and Umar Abubakar (18) for conspiracy and extortion.
Ibrahim and Abubakar pleaded guilty and begged for leniency.
However, the Judge, Lawal Suleiman, gave the convicts an option of N40,000 fine each.
Suleiman advised the convicts to face their studies and not to engage in crimes.
Earlier, the prosecution counsel, Insp. Ibrahim Gokwat told the court that the case was reported at the Laranto Police Station on September 14 by the complainant, Hamza Mohammed of Agwan Rogo Jos.
Gokwat said the convicts confessed that they conspired and extorted a phone from the complainant using a long knife.
The offence, he said, contravened the provisions of sections 58 and 276 of the state’s penal code.