Court remands man for stealing phone in Mosque pending sentencing

A Tinubu Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on Monday ordered that a 21-year-old man, Wasiu Sosun, who allegedly stole two cellphones from a Mosque be remanded in prison, pending sentencing.

Magistrate A.M. Olumide-Fusika, gave the order after Sosun pleaded guilty to theft.

Olumide-Fusika ordered that Sosun be remanded in Ikoyi prison, until July 18 for sentencing.

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Earlier, the prosecutor, Insp. Ben Ekundayo told the court that the defendant committed the offence on June 28, at Kuti Mosque, Lagos Island.

He said that the defendant entered into the Mosque and stole two mobile phones valued at N8, 000 from two people while praying in the Mosque.

“Wasiu who also pretended to be praying in the Mosque crept beside two people who are praying, stole their phones and bolted out of the Mosque.

“Some people ran after him and caught him before he could escape,” Ekundayo said.

The offence contravenes the provisions of Section 287 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015, which prescribes three years imprisonment for theft.