Thursday, 2 May 2013

Man jailed 45yrs for stealing Gov Aregbesola's phone

For stealing a N50,000
Sony Ericsson phone
belonging to Governor
Rauf Aregbesola, a 31-
year-old Kelvin Ighodalo
has been sentenced to 45-year imprisonment by
an Osogbo High Court. Ighodalo stole
the phone
from the
pocket of
Aregbesola on November 27,
2010, when the governor was being inaugurated at
Government Technical College,
Osogbo. Justice Oyejide Falola, who
heard the case, found Ighodalo
guilty on six counts, which
included conspiracy, stealing
and fraud. He was sentenced to 10-year
imprisonment for the first
three counts and five years for
each of the last three which
included impersonation,
obtaining property by falsehood and collusion. Falola, who ruled that Ighodalo
deserved the jail term, held
that the convict used the
phone to obtain N500, 000 from
the Owa of Ilesa, Oba Adekunle
Aromolaran, while he obtained N200, 000 from Mr Shengen
Rahman, an associate of the
governor. The jail term, which Falola
pronounced will run
concurrently, means that
Ighodalo will spend the next 10
years behind bars. Assistant principal state
counsel, Mr Biodun Badiora, told
the court that the convict had
served six-year imprisonment in
Ikoyi prison custody in
connection with a murder case in 2005. Counsel to Ighodalo, Mr.
Ameachi Ngwu, prayed the
court to commit him to
community service, stressing
that the convict should not be
incarcerated but rather be placed where people could see
him as a convict.

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