Man, 27 docked for stealing church’s N9,200 offering

By Joshual Olalekan, Lagos

The police have arrested and arraigned a 27-year-old unemployed man, Williams Eromosele, for allegedly stealing N9,200 from a Catholic church offertory box.

Eromosele was arraigned on Wednesday before Magistrate A. A. Adetunji of an Igbosere Magistrates’ Court, Lagos on a two-count charge of stealing and breach of peace.

Prosecuting Corporal Friday Mameh told the court that Eromosele committed the alleged offences at about 11am on January 3, at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church on Musa Yar’dua Street, Victoria Island, Lagos.

Mameh said the defendant committed sacrilege by dipping his hands in the offertory box and stealing the money.

He stated that by unlawfully entering the church to steal, the defendant had conducted himself in a manner likely to cause breach of peace.

The offences, Mameh added, contravened Sections 166(d) and 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

But Eromosele pleaded not guilty and Magistrate Adetunji granted him N150,000 bail with two sureties in the like sum.

She adjourned the case till January 25 for mention.

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