Man Gets 45-year Jail Term For Stealing Osun Governor’s Phone

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A 31-year-old man was yesterday sentenced to 45 years imprisonment without an option of fine by an Osogbo High Court for stealing a Sony Ericsson phone valued at N50,000 belonging to Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola, during his swearing-in ceremony in 2010.

Kelvin Igha Ighodalo who faced a six-count charge would only spend 10 years in prison on each of the first three charges while he also bagged five years jail term on each of the last three counts, as all the six counts charge will run concurrently.

He was charged with conspiracy, obtaining property by false pretence, stealing, impersonation and advance free fraud, pleaded guilty to all the charges.

According to the charge sheet, Kelvin and others now at large on May 24, 2011 impersonated the governor by using his phone with intent to defraud and obtained N500,000 from Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran Owa-Obokun of Ijesha land.

The court was told that the convict had earlier served six years imprisonment in Ikoyi prison in connection with a murder case from year 2005 to 2011.

The prosecutor, Mr. Biodun Badiora also told the court that the convict had earlier accosted one Shenge Rahman and defrauded him of N200,000.

The defence counsel, Mr. Amaechi Ngwu pleaded with the court to be lenient with his client by giving him minimal punishment.

In his judgement, Justice Jide Falola sentenced Kelvin to 10 years imprisonment without option of fine.

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  1. This is a very laughable sentence.How did he get access to the phone with all the security?I dont support this act but i hope the judge gives the governor death sentence when the governor is brought before him or her after leaving office for looting the peoples’s treassury.A 50000 naira phone when the hand value would be 10000 to 20000 naira and he is sent to jail for these number of years cos it has to do with a governor.Our judges are not there for the comman man.

  2. This is a very laughable sentence.How did he get access to the phone with all the security?I dont support this act but i hope the judge gives the governor death sentence when the governor is brought before him or her after leaving office for looting the peoples’s treassury.A 50,000 naira phone when the second hand value would be 10,000 to 20,000 naira and he is sent to jail for these number of years cos it has to do with a governor.Our judges are not there for the common man.

  3. this is pure wickedness…..a man sentenced to 45 years jail for stealing a phone worth 50,000 naira……whn we hv senetors , governor and other highly positioned pple in this country……stealing billions everyday…… the police , courts and asoilders can’t do anytn abt it………..chai!!…….Nigeria a country full of corruption and corrupt leaders………God forbid……

  4. Infact,dis is a patiality,.coz of #50000 phon,a man ws sentence 2 45 years in prsn,.whn all d senators sopos 2 av sntnc 2 death.,.nawaa 4 dis country oooo

  5. If this were to be in America this guy would be trained and used, to uphold security. How did he gain acess to the Governor despite the security

  6. Would that b the solution to crimes in Bigeria? What about the billions our Govnors, senetors & dos bad belle leader hav been stealing all this y?

  7. Why is it dat Nigeria Judges always treat poor men cases wt excess wickedness, while big men cases are treated wt excess liniency?

  8. Nigeria no go kill me with laugh. Wetin dem sentence Maina, Alamesiya,Bankole and oda wey thief millions, all these judges go everly rot in hell

  9. God de final judge wil judge dem all…wat is #50000 compared 2 billions dat av been on transit by de Nigerian politians as a whole…45 yrs imprisment 2 a poor man bt 1wk house arrest 2 a politian or de rich…may change our wicked hrts.

  10. When some that stilling 50 value phone as sentence to 45yaer in prn, Does that are stilling mellion shall expect to sentence for hanging before die o°˚˚˚° .

  11. Na 4 dz country,bcz of 50,000 phone a man sentenc 2 45yrs jail.wen the leadrs ar involv in frod of millions naira,instead of jail dm dy ask them 2 pay 250,000 bcz of fraud.rubish leaders.

  12. First of all i dont support u boy for dt, but if that is d case u judges u must be mad… The governor is mad inshort .i dont no wt to tell nigeria………this governor dt is eatin our money i hope u send him to prison for just 2 hrs i will be happy…. But they wont…see i dont like commenting on all this ooo coss no effect oooooooo……

  13. D guy should b giving 10million dollar for successfully removed d phone frm d gov’s pckt what is d work of all those mumu wit gun? Dem sleep.

  14. until every one of us is ready to face the reality, these country will not move forward, this man deserve to be killed because for a man to have gain access to a governor and steal his phone this man must be a criminal.stealing the governors phone is not the issue but defrauding people with it,to me he suppose to be killed.

  15. God intervention is d only solution in dis country bad leaders, all Nigeria arms of government are full of corruption

  16. Ola dnt support evil d̶̲̥̅̊ guy stolen a phone should received fair sentence 6 months is ⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥Ơ̴̴̴͡K⌣̊┈̥-̶̯͡»̶̥, bt if U̶̲̥̅̊ check dat Governor very well U̶̲̥̅̊ find out that he is also a thief Stillin 4RM coffers of D̶̲̥̅̊ε̲̣̣̣̥я̲̅ state all of them is embezzling the public money they should be given death sentence. As Judiciary being the hope of a common man is nt in Nigeria, Judiciary is agent of influence in propaganda using it to fight the common man

  17. Dat guy should be givn award for his talent.. He by~pass de guards de didnt notice. Who av jail de governor for de once he has stolen..?? Or is he clean?? Abeg free dat guy or God judge u all.. Becus he is a no body??

  18. @olu … Wot do u know?? Ds are all cook up story abt de guy.. De jus want add spice on wat de guy did.. So dat de crime will luk big.. Abi u no knw ur government???

  19. In the first place i will blame the guy for stealing the phone. i will also like to throw this question to the panel of juges what is going to be the punishment for the embzzlers if this guy can go for 45 years imprisonment.

  20. Is she related to d governor to be having access to steal governor’s phone? I don’t believe act like this honestly. Maybe d governor is trying to accused this guy 4 nothing sake unless he’s his relative. Where were his securities during d incident?

  21. Nig…sud I start wit capital leter? No! it dose nt wot dat shaa nigeria is DOOM how cn d judges sntnce a poor guy 4 45yrs. uwu…Aondo wama yima se. nd 4 me dnt call me a citizen of nigeria,am on dis land as nature being nd nt 4 ur corupt country of a tin

  22. The man should thank his stars because if the Sharia loving Governor has his way, he would prefer his hands were amputated rather than a jail term.

  23. Indeed, this is another Yerima of Zamfara who amputate man’s hand for stealling a cow & he the Governor was exonorated & honour wt senator for stealling billions 4rm state purse, anyway Rauf & Ahmed Yerima are brothers.


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