An Upper Area Court sitting in Kasuwan Nama, Jos has sentenced a 30-year-old teacher, known as Thomas Joshua, to 28 months imprisonment for stealing N28, 000 today.

The Judge, Malam Lawal Suleiman, sentenced Joshua after he pleaded guilty to breach of trust and theft.

Justice Suleiman, delivering the judgment on the first count of theft, gave the convict an option of N10, 000 fine on each count.

The Judge also ordered the convict to pay N10,000 as compensation to Mr. Ibrahim Saidu, the complainant.

He said the sentence would serve as a listen to those who might want to indulge in such criminal acts of stealing.

It was gathered that the prosecutor, Sgt. Ibrahim Gokwat told the court that the case was reported by  Saidu at the Mista Ali Police station on Aug. 16.

It was learned that Joshua was given a phone to keep by Saidu but he removed the sim card and withdrew N28,000 from the complainant’s bank account without his consent.

The prosecutor said that the offense committed was contrary to the provisions of sections 297and 272 of the Penal Code of Plateau State.