A Karu Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Monday sentenced 52-year-old Peter Ayara, to five months imprisonment, for failure to produce an accused person for prosecution.
The convict, who stood as surety to one Adeyemi, had pleaded guilty to a count charge bordering on screening of an offender and begged the court for leniency.
The judge, Hassan Ishaq, however, gave the convict an option to pay N10,000 fine and N372,000 as compensation to the nominal complainant on or before May 16.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Vincent Osiji, had told the court that one Matthew Nyitar of Apo, Abuja, reported the matter at the Wuye Police Station, on April 12 at about 10:a.m.
Osiji said the complainant alleged that, sometime in November, 2017, at Wuye Police Station, the defendant stood as surety to Adeyemi, who extorted N372,000 from the nominal complainant.
He added that the convict who agreed to produce Adeyemi whenever needed for the prosecution failed to do so.
The prosecutor said the offences contravened Section 167 of the Penal Code.