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A middle age man, Chinedu Samuel, who was alleged to have stolen N31, 000 from a female worshiper, Mrs. Josephine Mofe at Christ the King Catholic Church in Lagos, suddenly turned deaf and dumb, but began to talk when the court to which he was charged ordered him to be remanded in prison.

Samuel became ‘deaf and dumb’ after he was arraigned at an Ejigbo Magistrates’ area court today, Saturday.

A mild drama played out when the suspect was brought before the court for stealing the said money and after the court registrar read the charge against him, he started to demonstrate with his hands, pretending to be impaired. He did not take his plea.

The presiding judge, Akeem Fashola then ordered him to be remanded in prison custody since he refused to talk and when he heard the order and realized that he was being sent to the prison, the accused person started to talk, pleading with the court for leniency.

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However it was already late as he had to be taken to the prison.

The suspect was arrested by the Police at Shasha Division for stealing N31, 000 belonging to a female worshiper, Mrs. Josephine Mofe.

He accused who later confessed that he pretended to be deaf and dumb so that Magistrate Fashola would have pity on him and release him, said that he wanted to take his plea but the prison officials had moved him into the awaiting vehicle en-route to the prison where he will stay up to the time he will be allowed to take his plea. [myad]