by Stanley Azuakola
Oloruntoba Ibitoye has been sentenced to nine months imprisonment without the option of fine for stealing a sheep. An Ilorin Magistrate’s Court, Kwara State, presided over by Magistrate Mariam Qudus-Salahu handed down the sentence on Monday.
The sheep in question belonged to Florence Adebiyi, who reported Ibitoye at the police station in Ganmo, near Ilorin. She said he stole her sheep valued at N3,000 in front of her residence at Amoyo area of Ilorin.
The prosecution said the sheep was recovered from the convict by the police.
Ibitoye, who claims to be a pastor of a church, pleaded guilty to the offense and begged for leniency. However, the police prosecutor, Inspector Mojisola Olamokun, applied for summary trial, which was granted by the court.
The magistrate, Mrs. Mariam Qudus-Salahu, sentenced him to nine months imprisonment without an option of fine.