32-year-old man, Lukman Yaya, who claimed to be a prophet, was on Monday sentenced to 25 months’ imprisonment by an Ota Magistrates’ Court in Ogun State.
The senior magistrate, Mr. S. O.Banwo, in his ruling did not give the convict any option of a fine.
Yaya, whose address was not disclosed in court, pleaded guilty to the two charges of impersonation and theft.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Sgt. Chudu Gbesi, had told the court that the accused committed the offences on Feb. 8 at about 11.30am at Joju area of Ota, Ogun State.
Gbesi said that the accused who pretended to be a prophet unlawfully obtained N17,500 from one Aderibigbe Toyosi, with the intention to assist her to solve some of her spiritual problems, an agreement he did not fulfill.
He also said that the accused stole a mobile phone valued at N22,500 from the complainant in the process of helping her to solve her problems.
Gbesi said the offences contravened Sections 249(d) and 419 of the Criminal Code, Vol. 1, Laws of Ogun, 2006.