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Man jailed for stealing church chairs



According to reports, a 31-year- old man identified as Hafisu Hassan has been arrested by the Ondo State Police Command and arraigned in court for allegedly stealing chairs belonging to a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Isikan area of Akure, before a magistrate court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The suspect who alongside his accomplice now at large reportedly stole plastic chairs valued at N55,000, was arraigned on one count of stealing.[AdSense-A]

According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 37.Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.

The prosecutor, Mr. Nanjul Amos, cited Section 320 of the Laws of Ondo State, 2006, and presented the facts of the case before the court. However the suspect who pleaded guilty and appealed to the court to pardon him as he promised not to involve himself in such act again, was handed over a one year jail sentence.

Punch reported that the Magistrate, Mrs. O. A. Adegoroye, who accepted the accused statement as an exhibit, saying in view of the statement, he was guilty of the charge, sentenced him to one year imprisonment without an option of fine.

Few months ago, we reported that a 42-year-old security man in Lagos, identified as Ifeanyi Ileka, wasdragged to an Apapa Magistrates’ Court for allegedly stealing church equipments worth N760,000.

Ileka allegedly stole a mixer, 3 amplifiers and a piano totaling N760, 000 from Winner’s Life Ministry Church, Peter Street, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos. The accused, a resident of Ajegunle area of Apapa, Lagos, is facing a three-count charge of stealing, burglary and threatening violence.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Olusegun Kokoye, told the court that the accused committed the offence on Nov. 7 at Winner’s Life Ministry Church, Peter Street, Ajegunle, Apapa, Lagos. He said the accused broke into the church and stole the musical instruments belonging to Winner’s Life Ministry Church.[AdSense-A]

Kokoye said that the accused was caught by Mr Chigozie Orisakwe who saw him trying to escape with the instruments. The prosecutor also said that when Orisakwe confronted the accused over the matter, Ileka claimed that he stole the instruments because the church had not paid his salary for several months.

Kokoye said that when Orisakwe tried to stop the accused from going away with the items, he threatened to stab him with knife. The Senior Magistrate, Mr M.A Etti, granted the accused bail in the sum of N100, 000 with one surety in like sum.

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