Hafisu Hassan, a 31-year-old man has been sentenced to one year imprisonment by a magistrate court sitting in Akure, the Ondo State capital, for stealing chairs belonging to a branch of the Redeemed Christian Church of God at the Isikan area of Akure.
The accused, with another accomplice who escaped, was arrested by the police after burgling the church and stealing some plastic chairs valued at N55,000.
At the court, the accused was arraigned on one count of stealing.
According to the prosecution, the offence is contrary to and punishable under Section 390(9) of the Criminal Code Cap 37.Vol. 1 Laws of Ondo State of Nigeria, 2006.
Hassan, who pleaded guilty to the charge, appealed to the court to pardon him and promised not to involve himself in such act again.
The prosecutor, Mr. Nanjul Amos, cited Section 320 of the Laws of Ondo State, 2006, and presented the facts of the case before the court.
He also presented the statement of the accused before the court.
In her ruling, the Magistrate, Mrs. O. A. Adegoroye, accepted the accused statement as an exhibit, saying in view of the statement, he was guilty of the charge.
She sentenced him to one year imprisonment without an option of fine. [NAN]