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Nigerian man sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing a governor's phone and using it to swindle others for N700,000
| April 30, 2013
A Nigerian man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for stealing a phone from Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state and using the phone to falsely obtain N700,000 from other people. He was accussed of stealing the phone from the governor during his inauguration in Osogbo, Osun state on November 27, 2010. He was also accussed of using the phone to swindle N500, 000 from the Owa of Ilesa and N200, 000 from an associate of the governor. He was charged with six counts, including conspiracy, stealing, impersonation, obtaining property by falsehood, collusion and fraud, found guilty on all counts and sentenced to 10-year imprisonment for the first three counts and five years for each of the last three, for a total of 45 years. However, the sentences are to run concurrently, so he will only spend 10 years in prison. Most Nigerians have expressed disappointment with the sentence and are questioning why an average person would get 10 years in prison for stealing a phone and N700, 000, while an ex-director who pled guilty to stealing N23 billion of pension funds was only asked to pay N750,000 without any jail time. Related: - Ex-Director in N32.8 billion pension fraud gets option to pay N750,000 ($5,000) fine or 2yrs in prison - NBA says "blame weak laws on corruption, not the judge" - Judicial Council recommends probe of judge that gave self confessed looter the option of paying N750,000 for stealing N23 billion of pension funds

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Og    Columbus, Oh, USA    May 15, 2013
At the risk of sounding like I condone his behavior, I have to agree with fellow Nigerian s that are perplexed as to the sentence he got for his crime. He gets 10 years and the likes o Lucky Igbinedion are running around free. I guess the lesson here is tha steal from the politician, but they can steal from the general public. It is well, God will be the final judge.
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