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Court Jails Man For Stealing Church Property

An Iyaganku Magistrates’ Court , Ibadan, on Wednesday, sentenced a man, Muideen Nasiru, 18 , to 39 months imprisonment for stealing aluminum frames and other items worth N 500, 000 from a church .

The magistrate, Mrs O. K . Omotosho, sentenced Nasiru after he pleaded guilty to a three-count of conspiracy, break -in and stealing.

Omotosho said the convict should spend his prison term at Agodi Prisons , Ibadan.
“ The young boy is a thief, no doubt ; he has a godfather, who buys the stolen things from him.

“ The society will be better for it if he is incarcerated; he may learn a thing or two in prison.

“ He is hereby sentenced to three months imprisonment on count one, 18 months on count two and 18 months on count three, ’’ she said .

Omotosho , however , held that the sentence should run concurrently.

Earlier, the Police Prosecutor , Sgt. Olalekan Adegbite, had told the court that the accused committed the offences with some others still at large at Christ’ s Ambassador Church, Inalende, Ibadan.

Adegbite said the accused stole four church bells, a drum set, window frames and four gas lamps.

He said the stolen property belonged to the complainant , Rev . Faith Ikumapayi, the founder of the church .

The offences contravened Sections 390 ( 9) , 415’ and 516 of the Criminal Law of Oyo State , 2, 000

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