Two suspects, Augustine Victor, 28 and Richard Ejiofor, 20 who stole a Holy Bible have been committed to prison sentence at the Lagos Magistrate’s court in Lagos State Western Nigeria.
The presiding magistrate, Mrs J.O.E Adeyemi on Monday sentenced them to 60 days imprisonment without an option of fine. The suspects were charged before the court for conspiracy and stealing under the criminal code.
They were sentenced and jailed after they were brought to court and they changed their plea to guilty before the court.
The robbery incident took place at Igbo-Elerin junction along Badagary express in Ojo local government where the owner of the Bible was returning from a fellowship.
The convicts allegedly attacked the owner, Mike John and snatched his black bag containing the Bible, thinking that the bag contained huge sums of money.
They also forcefully took away the victim’s BlackBerry and wrist watch, unknown to them the bag only contained John’s Bible.
However, before they could escape with the items, the police on patrol who saw what happened arrested them and took them to the station where they were detained.
The items were also recovered from them as exhibits.
At the station, they confessed that they suspected that it was money that was in the bag and explained that they did not intend to steal the Bible.
When the matter came up, the prosecutor, Ishaku Babaji, during the court proceedings he explained how the suspects were arrested by the police at Okokomaiko division.
He urged the court to sentence them accordingly to serve as deterrent to others who might want to commit similar offence.
The court found them guilty as charged and sentenced them accordingly.