Graduate jailed after stealing phone inside Lagos church

Graduate jailed after stealing phone inside Lagos church

A 28-year-old graduate of accountancy from Auchi Polytechnic, Auchi, Edo state, Williams Okonoboh Eromosele, has been arrested for allegedly stealing a Huawei G73 phone.

PMNews reports that Eromosele who is an ex-convict had earlier in 2016 been arrested for stealing money from church offering box at a church in Victoria Island and charged to court. He pleaded guilty to the crime and was jailed for six months.

NAIJ.com gathered that Eromosele committed the latest crime four months ago when he went to The Church of Resurrection Anglican at 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos, to attend their service. While everyone was praying, the suspect stole one Mrs Ehindinibu Omowunmi’s phone valued at N70,000 and escaped from the church.

Graduate Steals Handset Inside Church At 1004 Estate Lagos

Williams Okonoboh Eromosele

The police stated that when the woman observed that her phone was missing, she used another phone to call the number of her missing handset, but the suspect received the call and told her that she must pay him N10,000 before he returns the phone to her.

The woman reported the matter to the DPO in charge of the Bar Beach division, Victoria Island, CSP Olusegun Ajamolaya, and he advised her to play along and pay the money as bait into the suspect's account. The suspect was arrested when he went to the bank to withdraw the money. He was taken to the station and interrogated where he allegedly confessed to the crime.

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“I am an OND holder in accountancy from Auchi Polytechnic and I have not been able to secure job with the certificate. When I came to Lagos and could not secure any job, I went to a church on Victoria Island to steal from church offering box and I was arrested, charged to court and jailed for six months. When I came back, the devil pushed me again as I went to The Church of Resurrection, Anglican, 1004 Estate, Victoria Island, Lagos and I was arrested again. I promised to change if am set free from this present case,” he reportedly confessed to the police.

He has however been arraigned before an Igbosere magistrates’ court on one-count charge of stealing.

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