The truth shall (not) set you free: Man charged for stealing bible

by Rachel Ogbu

This man learnt too late that “the truth shall set you free” comes with a caveat.

Ade Akindele, 25 has been charged before the Ojo Magistrate Court in Lagos, for allegedly stealing a King James Version of the Bible worth N1, 000.
Akindele, unemployed with no fixed residence, was said to have removed a black purse and a bible from the table of Blessing Awodita (complainant), while she was asleep.

It was recounted in court that the accused, after allegedly stealing the Bible, stood in the shop for a while with the Bible in his hand, staring at the complainant who was sleeping, before he was nabbed.

The prosecutor, ASP Friday Eze, informed the court that when the complainant suddenly woke up from her slumber, she did not find it funny to see the stranger gazing at her, with her bible and purse in his hands. He told the court that the frightened woman shouted for help and two of her male neighbours waylaid the accused who tried to resist.

The prosecutor said the accused was staying at the mechanic garage on Aka Road, off Salami Street, Afromedia, Lagos and committed the offence on October 9, at about 9.30 a.m., at Shop B, No. 22, Adebisi Close, Sabo Ajangbadi, Lagos.

In a twist, when the plea of the accused was taken before the magistrate, T.O Shomade, he first pleaded “guilty” but later changed to “not guilty,” to an offence that contravened Section 285 of the Criminal Code, Laws of Lagos State.

Sequel to the accused plea, the magistrate granted him bail in the sum of N10, 000 with one surety and adjourned the case till November 12 for mention.

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