A Mararaba Upper Area court in Nasarawa on Thursday sentenced one Joseph Onosufi, 20, for stealing valuables from a church.
The presiding Judge, Mr Vincent Gwahemba, gave the sentence after Onosufi pleaded guilty to the one count charge and prayed the court to have mercy on him
Gwahemba ordered that the accused be given a one year jail term or a fine of N5,000 because he was a first-time offender.
Earlier, the police prosecutor, Insp. Mr Joseph Ahua, told the court that the matter was reported by one Tobe Nicholas, Okechukwu Nwaemeka, and Donald Jakim at the A Division Police Station, Mararaba on Feb. 26.
Ahua said that the accused was taken to the Divine Majesty Ministry Church Aso C, Mararaba C, for deliverance by his uncle.
“Onosufi stole one iPhone, valued at N185,000, one Blackberry 3G Curve phone valued at N53,000 and also made away with one Black Nokia Asha 200 phone valued at N12,000 and other valuables,’’ he said .
The prosecutor said that the offence was punishable under Section 288 of the Penal Code.