The founder, Faith Revival Apostolic Church (FRAC), Apostle Paul Adenuga has given the reason why pant theft in Nigeria is on the rise. He said there is an increase in pant theft in Nigerian because religious leaders no longer preach about the ills of the society. Adenuga condemned the act at the Christian Press of Nigeria (CPAN) breakfast meeting held in Lagos on Sunday.
“You can imagine, some men go to steal women pants because they want to make sudden money and some of these men are caught and displayed on social media, what a shame,” NAN quoted him as saying. The Apostle posited that many churches preached more about how to make money and neglected the real gospel message that has moral instructions to help cultivate good virtues in Nigerian youths. He, therefore, urged parents, especially mothers, to intensify prayers for their wards not to be involved in the shameful acts.
A 23-year-old suspect, Opeyemi Adeleke, has revealed what he did to stolen pants to a Chief Magistrates’ Court sitting in Osogbo, Osun state. Opeyemi Adeleke admitted to stealing the pants but claimed that he returned them after about five minutes, because his conscience did not allow him to rest.According to Punch Nigeria, the suspect went to the house of one Gift Sunday located in the Agowande area of Osogbo around 1am and stole her pants, which were left to dry on the line outside.
The two counts of stealing preferred against the suspect read in part, “That you, Opeyemi Adeleke, on Monday, January 21, 2019, around 1am in the Agowande area of Osogbo seized the pants of one Gift Sunday without her consent and for reasons best known to you.” The prosecutor, Inspector Muslim Jafani, said the accused took the pants away, thereby committing an offence contrary to and punishable under sections 249 (D) and 390 (9) of the Criminal Code Cap 34. Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria, 2003.
When allowed to talk, the suspect admitted to stealing the pants but added that he returned them after five minutes. “I actually stole the pants, but within five minutes, I returned them. Please pardon me,” Adeleke said. After pleading guilty to the charges, the defence counsel, Mrs Susan Ajeigbe, pleaded for Adeleke’s bail and promised to always present him for trial. The presiding magistrate, Modupe Awodele, in her ruling, ordered that the accused be remanded in the Ilesha Prison and adjourned the case till February 2, 2019, for ruling on the bail application.
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