Zakaraya Usman, a 30-year-old painter, has been sentenced by a Grade 1 Area Court sitting in Kabusa, Abuja, to two months in jail for stealing four bibles, 124 church membership forms and others.
Usman was sentenced on Thursday, over the incident, which happened at Durumi 1, Abuja.
The suspect, who was charged by the police with theft, pleaded guilty to the charge.
Following his plea, the presiding judge, Malam Abubakar Sadiq, sentenced the convict but, gave him the option to pay a fine of N10,000 or serve the jail term.
Giving his ruling, the judge said: “Based on your admission to committing the crime, you are hereby, convicted as charged.
“You are also hereby sentenced to two months imprisonment, or pay a fine of N10,000.”
He further advised the convict not to repeat the act as he warned that the court would not be lenient on him if he commits such a crime again.
The Prosecution Counsel, Mr O. S. Osho had earlier told the court that the incident which happened at Durumi was reported at the Durumi Police Station by Mr David Usman, the Chief Security Officer of Living Faith Church, Durumi I branch, Abuja.
The prosecutor said that the convict trespassed into the church premises and stole three mini bibles, one big bible, 14 Caprisonne drinks, two bottles of water, 18 testimonial certificates, and 124 church membership forms.
According to Osho, other items allegedly stolen by the convict includes security jackets, two shirts, two handkerchiefs, two bags and some cash.
He noted that all listed items were recovered from the convict at the Police investigation stage.
According to him, the offence contravenes the provisions of Section 288 of the Penal Code.