A 27-year-old man, Frank Ugochukwu, was on Wednesday flogged seven times for stealing alcoholic drinks from a wine shop.
The order was given by a Gudu Upper Area Court in Abuja on Wednesday.
Ugochukwu pleaded guilty and was convicted on a two-count of criminal trespass and theft.
The Judge, Mr Umar Kagarko gave the sentence after the convict begged for leniency, saying he would never repeat the act.
The prosecutor had earlier told the court that one Stanley Emmanuel of Karibu Hotel, located at 32 Lodoke Boulevard Way, Garki II, reported the matter at the Garki police station, on October 21.
He said that the convict was a member of staff of the hotel.
“On the same date, October 21, he (Ugochukwu) went to the hotel and entered the wine shop and stole two big bottles of McDowell’s gin, one bottle of Red Label gin and a bottle of Andre wine,” he said.
Emmanuel put the value of the drinks at N9,500.
The police prosecutor said the stolen items were recovered from Ugochukwu’s possession and he admitted to committing the offence.
The prosecutor said the offence was contrary to sections 348 and 288 of the Penal Code.