An Abuja Magistrates’ court, yesterday, ordered that a 19-year-old boy, Isaiah Sunday, be flogged 12 strokes of cane for theft.

The Senior Magistrate, Shafa Aliyu, ordered that the convict be flogged after he pleaded guilty on a one-count charge of stealing.

Aliyu said the punishment would serve as deterrent to others, adding: “Besides, he is a young boy and the complainant has forgiven him.”

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the police executed the public flogging of the teenager after the judgment.

Earlier, Prosecutor Udeh David, told the court that Ntibuka Linda of  22, Majekodumi Street, Utako, Abuja, reported the case at Wuse Police Station.

David said the complainant came back from a journey on January 5 to discover that the convict had entered her apartment.

He said the convict stole N18,000, one curve 4 BlackBerry phone, one torchlight Nokia phone and one carton of Indomie noodles.

Sunday pleaded guilty to the charge and begged for forgiveness.

‘My lord, forgive me. She called me on phone to warm her generator and then I saw the key to her room.

“I opened the room and took only N4,000 not N18,000. I used the money to buy one Polo shirt and spent the balance.”