One Nwonu Emmanuel has allegedly confessed to the police that he broke into the St. Patrick Catholic Church in Abakaliki, the capital of the Ebonyi State, broke the offering box and took the sum of N41, 465.00 from it.
The man, who was sentenced to 12 month imprisonment by the Abakaliki Division of Magistrate Court today, July 16, was arraigned before the Magistrate’s court on two counts of burglary and stealing.
The charge read: “That you Nwonu Emmanuel ‘m’ on the 11th day of July, 2020, at St. Patrick Catholic Church Kpirikpiri, Abakaliki in the Abakaliki Magisterial District did enter a building used for religious worship and stole the sum of Forty-One Thousand Four Hundred and Sixty-Five Naira (N41, 465.00), belonging to St. Patrick Catholic Church and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 415 of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”