2 teenagers im­pris­oned for steal­ing church prop­erty

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - By Emma Elekwa

An Abuja Grade 1 Area court has sen­tenced two teenagers to six months im­pris­on­ment for steal­ing prop­er­ties worth mil­lions of naira from two dif­fer­ent churches in Dutse in Bwari Area Coun­cil of the Fed­eral Cap­i­tal Ter­ri­tory (FCT).

Bello Has­san and Fri­day Baba, all of Dutse Baupma, were con­victed for con­spir­acy, church break­ing and theft, of­fences con­trary to Sec­tions 97, 349 and 288 of the Pe­nal Code.

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor, Kelechi Echendu, told the court that the com­plainants, Pas­tor Damilola Daniels of RCCG House of Mercy, Dut­sen Al­haji, and Pas­tor Daramola Kay­ode of RCCG, God’s Her­itage Parish, Dutse Baupma, jointly re­ported on Au­gust 14 that the ac­cused con­spired and bur­gled their re­spec­tive churches.

He said they stole two cook­ing stoves, two medium gen­er­a­tors, one big gen­er­a­tors, two big 5000AV sta­bi­liz­ers, a bag con­tain­ing women head-gears and jew­el­ries, cur­tains, two Air­con­di­tion­ers, one Nokia phone, loud speak­ers, one Sam­sung cam­era, eight new pair of pas­toral suits, 10 new shirts, wrist watch and other items val­ued at N1,360,000.

Ac­cord­ing to the pros­e­cu­tor, the ac­cused con­fessed to the crime dur­ing in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ad­mit­ted selling the items to one Dini Saidu of Gal­adima, Abuja, now late, but added that some of the items were re­cov­ered from the de­ceased be­fore his death.

When the charges were read to the ac­cused, they pleaded guilty, at­tribut­ing the act to the hand­i­work of the devil, but the judge, Mo­hammed Marafa sen­tenced them to six months im­pris­on­ment each with an op­tion of N15,000 fine.

The court also or­dered them to pay a com­pen­sa­tion fee of N400, 000 to the two churches.

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