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