When the children of God gathered they were not aware that in their midst were people with a different intention. 

Watch and pray, the scriptures commands Christians, but while others were in a church praying, Richard Christian and Komolafe Shegun were busy watching out for smart phones they would steal, leaving the prayer task for other worshipers to perform.

If they knew their plan would not be successful and that they would end up in jail, they would have prayed and concentrated on spiritual things like others in the church.

It was around 4:36 a.m. when they gained access into the Mountain of Fire Ministry Church, Utako, in Nigeria's capital city, Abuja, and committed a crime that has now landed them in jail where they will spend six months to ensure that other thieves would be deterred from doing such. 

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They knew their fate when a Karmo Grade 1 Area Court, Abuja, on Tuesday sentenced them Christian and Shegun to six months imprisonment each for stealing seven cell phones in a church. 

Christian and Shegun, both 24, were arraigned on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing, offences they admitted committing, and begged for leniency.

The judge, Abubakar Sadiq, however, gave each of the convicts an option of 20,000 Naira fine and warned them to desist from committing crime.

Prosecutor Dalhatu Zannah, had told the court that the convicts committed the offences on February 2, at the Mountain of Fire Ministry Church, Utako, Abuja.

He said a member of the church, Miceal Idikuiri, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station.

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Zannah said the convicts dishonestly entered into the church premises at about 4:36 a.m. and stole the seven cell phones belonging to worshipers.

The prosecutor said that the convicts admitted committing the offences during interrogation.

He also told the court that the offences contravened Sections 79 and 287 of the Penal Code. 

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