The absence of an Hausa interpreter on Thursday stalled the trial of a 20-year-labourer, Mohammed Bello, in a Wuse Chief Magistrates’ Court, Abuja.

Bello, who resides in Garki Village, Abuja, was arraigned on a one-count charge of theft.

The Magistrate, Mrs Theresa Ntem, adjourned the case till Oct. 10, for the defendant to take his plea and continue with his trial.

“Due to the absence of an interpreter who will interpret from Hausa to English and English to Hausa, the accused is to be remanded in Keffi Prison till Oct. 10.

The prosecuting counsel, Blessing Odia, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Oct. 2, at Ladoke Akintola Boulevard Opposite Access Bank, Garki 2, Abuja.

Odia said that a team of anti-vandal of Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps in the FCT arrested the accused while they were on patrol on Oct. 1.

He said that the accused was caught with a 25mm of AEDC Armoured cable wire, four aluminium window frame and one aluminium window valued yet unknown.

The prosecutor said the offence contravened Section 287 of the Penal Code.