The Ondo State Magistrates’ Court, located in the state capital of Akure, has handed down a two-year prison sentence to Friday Okeneji, a man found guilty of stealing chemical substances worth N130,000.
The convicted individual, identified as a pastor of a renowned church in Iwaro Oka Akoko, situated within the Akoko South-West Local Government Area of the state, committed the offense on July 2, 2023, within the town.
According to reports, Okeneji unlawfully gained entry into a chemical shop and made off with the stolen items, leading to his subsequent arrest and trial.
He was arraigned before the court on a two-count charge of stealing.
The convicted pastor, who pleaded guilty when the two charges were read to him, told the court that he committed the offence for survival purposes.
He pleaded that he had no means of livelihood, adding that he had to pay N150,000 for his mother’s burial slated for August.
In his ruling, the Magistrate, Damilola Sekoni, said the pastor was guilty of the charges and sentenced him to two years imprisonment with an option of N100,000 fine.
He also advised the convict to turn a new leaf.