Benjamin Akegh had on January 27 snuck into the children’s section of the RCCG parish, Tabernacle of Peace, on Oluwole Baker Street, Thomas Estate, Ajiwe, in the Ajah area of the state around 8pm.

He then proceeded to steal a Plasma television set valued at N40,000.

He reportedly committed the crime while a service was ongoing at the main section of the church.

It was learnt that there was outage during the service.

As the prayers progressed, a church member, Olusola Osundare, was said to have gone to the children's section to check if power had been restored when he caught Akegh in the act.

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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.

The presiding magistrate, of a Tinubu Magistrate’s Court, Lagos L.O. Kazeem, said the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt and sentenced Okegh to one year’s imprisonment without an option of fine.

He added that the jail term should start from Thursday, the day of the judgment.


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