Two students have been ordered to be flogged by a court in Abuja for extortion and impersonation of character.
The Upper Area court judge, Mr Umar Kagarko, ordered that the convicts should return the N10,000 to the complainant.
Onyekachi and Ododo, both students, had pleaded guilty to a three-count charge of criminal conspiracy, impersonation and extortion.
Kagarko said he gave them light sentence following their plea for leniency and promise not to repeat the act.
The Prosecutor, Mr Donatus Abah had told the court that Ndubuisi Daniel reported the matter at Kubwa Police Station on Aug. 13.
He said that the convicts impersonated as members of the Nigerian Army with military uniforms and went to the shop of the complainant at Kubwa.
“They told him that one of his sales boy was a member of a cult group and demanded N10,000 from him,’’ Abah said.
Abah also said that they threatened the complainant that they would take the boy to army barracks.
The prosecutor said that they extorted the money and returned a second time on Sept. 8, adding that it was at this point that the complainant alert the police and they were arrested.
The prosecutor said the offence contravened sections 97, 132 and 292 of the Penal Code.