A 28-year-old man has been sentenced to six months imprisonment for stealing church tithe to the tune of N214, 000.

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The sum was reportedly stolen by the suspect, Elochukwu Nnoruga, from St Patrick Catholic Church, Idumaigbo, Lagos State.

The presiding Magistrate, Ade Adefulire seating at the Tinubu Magistrates' Court in Lagos, who gave the sentence today, September 8, ordered that the convict would be spending six months at the Ikoyi Prisons , without an option of fine.

Nnoruga was reportedly arraigned before the courts on August 17, on the suspicion that he had stolen the said amount, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.

The suspect pleaded guilty to the one-count charge of theft. While giving his judgement, the magistrate expressed his distaste over the fact that people would actually steal from the house of God.

“It is a pity that people do not see the house of God as sacred anymore.

“This judgment should serve as a lesson to the public, if you choose crime instead of hard work, the hand of the law will always catch up with you.

“Nnoruga, you are hereby sentenced to six months imprisonment without an option of fine,” he declared.

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The suspect has reportedly been remanded in prison following the pronouncement of the court.