An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons, Apapa, an unemployed man, Jubril Aja, who confessed to stealing water taps valued at N10,000.
The Magistrate, Mr. A. Adesanya, remanded Aja, 28, in prison after he admitted stealing the taps from a Mosque.
Adesanya adjourned the case till September 21 for sentencing.
Aja, a resident of Agege area of Lagos, was arraigned on a one-count charge of stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu, told the court that that the accused stole the taps on September 11 from the Allahu Walidu Central Mosque at Sunday Farm Estate, Dopemu, Agege, Lagos.
Nwosu said, “The accused came into the mosque with the pretext to pray. He sat at the water side pretending to do ablution and removed two installed tap heads, packaged them inside his bag and took to his heels.
“When a worshiper got to the tap to wash before entering the mosque for prayer, he discovered that the tap heads had been removed again and he raised alarm.
“The accused was given a hot chase and apprehended. When he was searched, those stolen items were recovered.”
Nwosu told the court that the accused confessed that he was responsible for the theft of all the taps missing from the mosque.
The offence, Nwosu said, contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 285 provides that if convicted of the offence, the accused is liable to three years imprisonment.