Pastor Emmanuel Mammah of the Living Chapel Gospel Church, Ejigbo, has been  sentenced to six months imprisonment with hard labour for buying stolen goods by  Magistrate S.O. Solebo of the Ejigbo Magistrate’s Court, Lagos.

Pastor Mammah was arrested for allegedly buying some electronic goods stolen by two  suspects, Chikodi Uchenna Onwuegbunam, 22 and Timothy Ogologbo,18 at the Ejigbo  Magistrate’s Court.

The cost of the stolen items was put at N178,000 but the pastor bought it for a  paltry sum of N10,000.

The suspects, it was learnt, confessed to the police that they burgled the court and  sold their loot to the pastor.

The police went to the pastor’s house and found the stolen items. They arrested him  and recovered the items as exhibits. The recovered items include a television set,  video and other electronic appliances.

The pastor was charged to court along with the suspects.

The pastor had earlier pleaded not guilty to the charge and was granted bail before  the judgment.

The presiding magistrate, Mrs. Solebo found him guilty and sentenced him to jail  after finding him guilty of the offence.

He handed over his pastoral coat to his wife at the court and entered into a waiting  Black Maria to the Kirikiri Maximum Security Prison, Apapa, Lagos, Nigeria, to begin  his prison sentence.

—Cyriacus Izuekwe

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