Man Jailed 45Years For Stealing Osun State Governor's Phone

A man has been jailed for 45 years for stealing the phone of Osun State Governor. I have two questions on this matter. It seems stealing a phone from a prominent man has more punishment in the Nigerian constitution? on earth did he even steal the phone?

31-year-old Kelvin Ighodalo stole a N50,000 Sony Ericsson phone belonging to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, and now he has been sentenced to 45-year imprisonment by an Osogbo High Court.


Ighodalo stole the phone from the pocket of Aregbesola on November 27, 2010, when the governor was being inaugurated at Government Technical College, Osogbo. Justice Oyejide Falola, who heard the case, found Ighodalo guilty on six counts, which included conspiracy, stealing and fraud.

He was sentenced to 10-year imprisonment for the first three counts and five years for each of the last three which included impersonation, obtaining property by falsehood and collusion.

Falola, who ruled that Ighodalo deserved the jail term, held that the convict used the phone to obtain N500, 000 from the Owa of Ilesa, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, while he obtained N200, 000 from Mr Shengen Rahman, an associate of the governor.

The jail term, which Falola pronounced will run concurrently, means that Ighodalo will spend the next 10 years behind bars.

Assistant principal state counsel, Mr Biodun Badiora, told the court that the convict had served six-year imprisonment in Ikoyi prison custody in connection with a murder case in 2005.

Counsel to Ighodalo, Mr. Ameachi Ngwu, prayed the court to commit him to community service, stressing that the convict should not be incarcerated but rather be placed where people could see him as a convict.

Culled From Punch

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Blade 2013-05-03 14:54:03
just only 50000 cell phone d send d poor boy in 45yrs inpresonment......what of our governors dat use to steal millions of naira.......corruption in my land

Kleva Cent 2013-05-03 19:56:43
♍ concern is just that this isn't justice........ 45 yeeaars arghhhhhhh.........

Vic 2013-05-03 21:48:16
From pocket .....that's serious oooooo! But come to tink of it the guy was over daring he should be employed in the police to check pick pocketers. Abeg make una no let phone ruin this man life oooo phone no be drugs make them free dd guy sharp sharp and let him go and sin no more!

Justice 2013-05-04 20:06:47
That is total injustice why would jail that guy hw many contracts hav been executed by the state governor he is even the thief in this mater the guy is just a crusader of justice he rob from a robber the that guy that in justice that y I say naija youth raise let fight for our right the feature of this country lies in our hands

Princess4 2013-05-05 06:16:27
Please palz is okay, the guy did nt do well and d governor too. Nw hear this, anybody that steal must be punished that d law but not of 45yrs jailed pls, 1 yr is okay, he did bad why should he steal even now am having a big mark on my face and head beacause of arm robber why should they be stealing and taking what does not belong to them. Arm robber pls change cos God liveth and governor u too change and do good

Anonymous 2013-05-06 22:50:32
na wa 4 dat govnor oòooo.....haba.....45 yrs jst 4 a fone???!!!!!

Bose 2013-05-08 07:14:32
No b d guy fault d governor knw say politicians na thieves dem b y wld he sentence d guy mk d lawyers 4get bribe n judge well cos dis is rong

Gizzy 2013-05-09 03:05:09
Unna knw hw mch d governor done tif 2,na poor man own unna go see

Yay 2013-05-10 08:45:31
now dis is not right at allllll............ i dnt knw wat dis wrld is turnin into

Justice Olabamidele 2013-05-12 06:09:47
SO jail person wey thief?...una no dey thief?? Abi al d million na una own???

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