An ex-convict, Ademola Ayeni of Abia Crescent, Area 11, Abuja, was on Monday sentenced to one year imprisonment for a second time by another Abuja Magistrates’ Court for stealing church offering.
The Magistrate, Khadijat Mustapha, convicted Ayeni, 36, after he pleaded guilty to the offence of theft and did not give the convict an option of fine.
Mustapha said the sentence would serve as a deterrent to those who might want to engage in similar acts.
Earlier, the Prosecutor, Sergeat Simon Ibrahim, told the court that Ojo Oyeyemi of Mountain of Fire and Miracles Church, Utako, reported the matter at the Utako Police Station on November 15.
Ibrahim said the convict criminally trespassed into the church just after they had concluded church service and stole an offering bag containing N50,800.
He said the convict also stole Zenith Bank and Fidelity Bank cheques of N150,000 and N50,000 respectively.
The prosecutor told the court that the convict was a habitual offender and had stolen from the same church in 2012.
Ibrahim said: “He stole from the same church last year.
“He was charged before a different court and was sentenced to one year imprisonment.
“In fact, he was just released from prison just last week.
“I don’t think he is ready to change.”
He added that the offence contravened Sections 342 and 288 of the Penal Code.