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Nigeria: Man Jailed 45 Years For Stealing Governors Phone

Court GavelAn Osogbo High Court on Monday sentenced a dismissed police officer, Kelvin Ighodalo, to 45 years imprisonment for stealing the cell phone of Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun.

The accused was arraigned on a six-count charge of conspiracy, theft, obtaining by false pretence, obtaining by force and impersonation, among other offences.

Justice Jide Falola of High Court 5, citing Section 1, Sub-section 1, paragraph ‘C’ of the Advance Fee Fraud Act and Section 218 Cap 35, Laws of Osun State, 2003, found the accused guilty as charged.

The accused was sentenced to 10 years for each of counts 1, 2 and 3 and 5 years each for three other counts.

The sentences are to run concurrently.

The defence counsel, Mr Ngu Amaechi, had earlier urged the court to consider community service sentence since the accused had served previous jail terms.

But the counsel to the plaintiff, Tiamiyu Adegboyega, expressed his satisfaction with the judgement.

The governor’s cell phone was stolen on Nov. 28, 2010, at his swearing-in-ceremony.

Six months later, Mr. Ighodalo, a dismissed police officer, used the phone to swindle the governor’s friends and associates.

The accused had earlier served jail terms for murder, theft and political thuggery.

Source: Premium Times

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