Monday, April 29, 2013

Man Sentenced To 45 Years In Prison For Stealing Governor’s Phone

Culled From Dailytrust.com,ng

An Osogbo High Court yesterday sentenced a 31-year-old man, Kelvin Igha-Igbodalo to 45 years imprisonment without an option of fine for stealing a Sony Ericson phone belonging to Osun State Governor, Mr. Rauf Aregbesola.

Igha-Igbodalo is alleged to have stolen Aregbesola’s phone during the swearing-in ceremony of the governor in 2010. The convict used the phone to dupe many unsuspecting people by directing them to pay money into a particular bank account on pretext that it was the governor's directive. Click to continue.


The ex-convict was eventually arrested and charged with six counts of conspiracy, obtaining properties by false pretence, stealing, impersonation and advance free fraud. Igha-Igbodalo pleaded guilty to the charges slammed against him and Justice Oyejide Falola sentenced him to 45 years imprisonment to run concurrently without an option of fine.

Daily Trust learnt that the ex-convict had earlier served six years imprisonment at Ikoyi prison in Lagos over a murder charge leveled against him.

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

The prosecution, Mr. Biodun Badiora, told the court that the convict committed an offence contrary to section 8(c) and is punishable under section 1(3) of the Advance Free Fraud and other related offences Act, 2006.

Counsel to the convict, Mr. Ameachi Ngwu, prayed the court to commit the convict to community service.






29 comments:

  1. Only in Nigerai! How sad!

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  2. Ladun change d headline..... It's not just cos of the fone. The fraud aspect must av been a contributing factor.

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  3. People steal millions , dem go dey hail dem sef.


    What nonsense, the governor tief the money him use buy the handset sef

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  4. He probably was jailed that long because he "duped" people of millions in another person's name and with another person's identity. A government official for that matter. Until you have been duped, you dont know how the other person feels. He is lucky he still has his life. All future dupers, you better be careful. The day you jam wahala and dupe the wrong person. 45years in Jail will be like going to a resort. shior! Zero tolerance for lazy thieves.

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  5. Wow! Though he has commited a big offence but is'nt 45 years too much for stealing a phone??

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  6. Ayoo someone should go and form friends with americans so that they will help with the revolution lol I sound foolish shey?? But when they bring theiir amunitions and weapons(you can easily fool naija customs) and take on the yeye military and army( look at how hard it is for them to deal with bokoharam) and then head to aso rock! Mehn naija politicians will be finished!!! And then we put better level headed people like lucabracee and his cousins as our naija politicians then gbam! We have our naija heaven.. Till then :'( wetin man pikin go do??

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  7. Governors will steal billions and walk away free, now a man that steals a governor's phone have to spend 45 years in jail. Na wa o

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  8. 45yrs ke? And yet the 26billion naira pension theif got 6months?
    Nigeria, dead country!!!

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  9. Poor man wey steal maggi, we dey see their face fro crime fighter, rich man wey steal plenty money we no dey see their face for crime fighter.. Naija I hail o. Although what he did was bad but 45yrs is too much.. HABA

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  10. D man fuck up shaa...go flex person agin

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  11. Ladun stop misleading people jare. As if he only stole. He was charged for all those offences and subsequently sentenced for them too.

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  12. Phone pass phone ooo....lol

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  13. yea we can all agree stealing shouldn't be accepted regardless this isn't man slaughter or murder cmon 45yrs case of blind judiciary system smh

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  14. It obviously wasnt only for the theft of the phone (i for fear) but then such a thing isnt new in this climes.


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  15. He didn't just steal the phone he proceeded to impersonate the Governor, dupe people and besides he shouldn't be a free man after murdering someone. The judge should've just said Life and be done with it.
    A murderer and a thief has no place in civil society.

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  16. I think i'm seeing six years for murder charge and 45 years for stealing and defrauding. Our priorities .....

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    1. Same thing I was thinking 6yrs for murder and 45years for stealing and defraduding... Plz I think Nigeria needs what happenend in Ghana ... All d corrupt leaders should be wiped off.. We need God

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  17. steal governor's phone and get 45 years in jail...steal billions of public funds, get a slap on your wrist and a presidential pardon....the jail is too much for just a phone in my own opinion...anyways watch a monkey caught on camera doing what young boys do at www.dotbaba.com/2013/04/funny-video-monkey-masturbating-in-its.html

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  18. Why is it that you people never read things properly??? He was charged with multiple offences. His sentences will run concurrently which means he'll spend 10yrs in jail.He's NOT spending 45yrs in prison for heaven's sake!

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  19. ladun na word of God not words of God

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  20. the headline is quite misleading, he was convicted on 3 counts and d jail term wld run concurrently, that means he wld spend ten years in confinemnet. its really sad tho, its just not about the phone but bcs he had been fraudulent with it misleading people. poor thing, worse off terrible govt. if we had a good welfare system, crime rates would be minimal

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  21. Poor thing, next time try and not steal
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  22. DeMyk Says: Let us not allow our emotions or hatred for the thieving ruling class becloud our logical sense of reasoning. A second time offender is almost going to be a serial offender. What other pardon does this guy need? He has gone to jail before now for murder, he stole this phone and did not sell it for 5k like most petty thieves would but instead was impersonating the governor and swindling people and you think he deserves pity? If a certain James who had been convicted twice in London had been giving 45 years when he also stole building materials in Nigeria, Delta state would have been spared the Ibori menace. The jail term which serves him right is running concurrently so he gets ONLY 10yrs. And a thief is never innocent because a bigger thief was not caught.

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  23. But politician can steal millions of naira nd nofin wld be said.....jeeeez

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  24. DeMyk Says: Let us not allow our emotions or hatred for the thieving ruling class becloud our logical sense of reasoning. A second time offender is almost going to be a serial offender. What other pardon does this guy need? He has gone to jail before now for murder, he stole this phone and did not sell it for 5k like most petty thieves would but instead was impersonating the governor and swindling people and you think he deserves pity? If a certain James who had been convicted twice in London had been giving 45 years when he also stole building materials in Nigeria, Delta state would have been spared the Ibori menace. The jail term which serves him right is running concurrently so he gets ONLY 10yrs. And a thief is never innocent because a bigger thief was not caught.

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  25. this guy steal ordinary phone, i dont care how much the phone worth was jail for 45yrs, but politicials voted into position of trust can steal billions of dollars and the judge will not know what to do with them.Nigerians wake up.

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