A Jos Area Court sentenced Salim Sulaiman, a 32-year-old businessman, to a year in prison on Monday for purchasing a stolen water pump.
After Sulaiman pleaded guilty to the accusation, Judge Shawomi Bokkos handed down his punishment.
However, Bokkos allowed him to pay a fine of N50,000 or compensate the plaintiff in the amount of N10,000.
Insp. Ibrahim Gokwat, the prosecutor, had earlier informed the court that the victim, identified as Bashir Musa, had reported the incident to the “C” Division Police station on August 14.
According to the prosecutor, the accused bought the stolen machine from the burglars who broke into the complainant’s home.
Gokwat said the offense contravened the requirements of the Plateau Penal Code.