A High Court sitting in Osogbo, has on Monday sentenced a 31-Year old man, Kelvin Igha Ighodalo to 45 years imprisonment without an option of fine for stealing a Sony Ericson phone valued at N50,000 belonging to Governor of the State of Osun,Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola, during his swearing ceremony in 2010.
The convict, who was arraigned on a six-count charge was subsequently sentenced to ten years each for the first three count as well bagged five years jail term for each of the last three count charge while the 45 years jail term will run concurrently .
Ighodalo was said to have committed the offences on 27th November,2010 during the swearing ceremony of Governor Aregbesola held at the Government Technical College Sport Grounds, Osogbo. Kelvin who was standing trial on six count charge of Conspiracy, Obtaining properties by false means, Stealing, Impersonation and Advance Fee Fraud, however, pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him when it was read to him.
According to the charge sheet, Kelvin and others now at large, on May 24th, 2011 impersonated the governor by using his phone with intent to defraud and obtained the sum of #500,000 from His Royal Majesty Oba Gabriel Adekunle Aromolaran, Owa-Obokun of Ilesha.
Similarly, while impersonating Aregbesola, the convict accosted one Shenge Rahman and defrauded him of a sum of N200,000.
Counsel to the convict Mr. Ameachi Ngwu prayed the court to commit the convict to community service, stressing that the convict should not be incarcerated but rather be placed where people can see him as a convict.
Barrister Tiamiyu Sulaiman, counsel to the plaintiff, said the judgment is in the interest of the society, and says it will serve as deterrent to others.
Delivering his judgment, Justice Oyejide Falola discounted the convict counsel’s pleas and sentenced Kelvin to 45 years imprisonment which would run concurrently and equally order the prison authority not to allow him have access to cell phone while serving his prison term.