An unemployed Nigerian man, Faniyi Ajibola, allegedly stole two bottles of Holy Communion wine, soaps, and a sachet of salt worth N46,000 from a Church in Mushin, Lagos. He was charged on Friday and appeared in an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.
Ajibola, who is a resident of the Mushin area, Lagos, has now been charged with theft, and breach of peace, but to all charges, he pleaded not guilty.
The Prosecution Counsel, Inspector Edet Akadu, told the court that the suspect, Ajibola committed the offence on September 24, 2019.
“The defendant unlawfully entered a Catholic church at Mushin in Lagos and stole two bottles of holy communion, four sachets of soap and a sachet of salt valued N46,000.’’
He also told the court that Ajibola was caught by members of the church while he was drinking one of the Holy Communion wine at the altar of the church and handed him over to the police.
Akadu added that the offence contravened the provisions of sections 287 and 168 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State 2015.
According to law enforcers, if any civilian is convicted under section 287, he is liable to three years in prison, while Section 168 stipulates six months jail term for the breach of peace.
Chief Magistrate K.O. Ogundare, however, admitted the defendant to bail in the sum of N20, 000 with two sureties in like sum before adjourning the case until Feb. 5, for further hearing.