From Kashim Sule, in Minna
The police in Minna, the Niger State capital, have arraigned a housewife before Tunga Magistrate Court V for using children to steal for her.
Mrs. Pauline Kolawole of Bosso town appeared before Justice (Mrs.) Fati Mu’azu for allegedly sending two teenagers, both boys, to steal the belongings of some university students at Bosso when they were on holiday.
The prosecuting police officer, Sergeant Usman Yari, told the court that the suspect was picked up after the children revealed the identity of the woman.
The teenagers, one of whom is her son, while the other is a neighbour’s were first arrested by one of the university’s security men and later handed over to the police.
The children owned up that the woman used to send them on pilfering errand whenever the students were on holiday.
They also stated that they had undertaken similar mission in the other parts of the town for the woman before they were caught.
When the suspect, Mrs. Pauline Kolawole, appeared in court last week, Justice Mu’azu ruled that the housewife should be remanded in police custody until today for final ruling, while the teenagers should spend the next three months in juvenile house or pay N1,000 in lieu.
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