An Ikeja Magistrates’ Court in Lagos on Thursday remanded at the Kirikiri Prisons, Apapa, an unemployed man, Jubril Aja, who confessed to stealing water tap heads valued at N10,000.
The Magistrate, Mr A.A. Adesanya, remanded Aja, 28, after he admitted stealing the water tap heads from a Mosque.
Adesanya adjourned the case till Sept. 21 for facts and sentencing.
Aja, a resident of Agege area of Lagos, was arraigned on a one-count charge of stealing.
The prosecutor, Insp. George Nwosu told the court that that the accused committed the offence on Sept. 11 at Sunday Farm Estate, Dopemu, Agege, Lagos.
Nwosu said that the accused stole water tap heads valued N10,000 property of Allahu Walidu Central Mosque.
“The accused came into the mosque with the pretext to pray.
“He sat at the water side pretending to do ablution and removed two installed tap heads, packaged them inside his bag and took to his heels.
“When a worshiper got to the tap to wash before entering the mosque for prayer, he discovered that the tap heads had been removed again and he raised alarm.
“The accused was given a hot chase and apprehended. When he was searched, those stolen items were recovered,” he said.
Nwosu said that the accused confessed that he used to steal the tap heads from the mosque, and whenever they were replaced, he would come again.
“The accused made a confession that he was responsible for the theft of all the missing tap heads, and that he has a customer he used to sell them to at a cheaper price.”
The offence, Nwosu said contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.
Section 285 provides that if convicted of the offence, the accused is liable to three years imprisonment.