A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court has Thursday sentenced a 25-year-old man, Benjamin Akegh, to one year imprisonment for stealing a television belonging to the Redeemed Christian Church of God.
Akegh was jailed without an option of fine by a presiding magistrate, L.O. Kazeem.
The convict had sneaked into the children’s section of the RCCG parish, Tabernacle of Peace, on Oluwole Baker Street, Thomas Estate, Ajiwe, in the Ajah area, where he stole the Plasma television set valued at N40,000. The incident happened on January 27 around 8pm.
He reportedly committed the crime while a service was ongoing at the main section of the church.
It was gathered that a church member, Olusola Osundare, had gone to the children section to check if power had been restored when he caught Akegh in the act.
The convict was said to have escaped from the scene but was later caught by church members who gave him a hot chase.
The television, which belonged to the parish pastor, Ayodeji Adeniyi, was recovered from Akegh, after which he was handed over to the police at the Ajah division.
He was subsequently arraigned on January 31 on one count of stealing to which he pleaded guilty and the case was adjourned till Thursday for facts and sentence.
While presenting facts of the matter, the police prosecutor, Inspector Phillip Osijale, told the court that the convict had once been jailed for stealing, but did not turn a new leaf after he was released on December 20, 2017.