For stealing N50,000 Sony Ericsson phone belonging to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, a 31-year-old Kevin Ighodalo has been sentenced to 45 years imprisonment by an Osogbo High Court.

Ighodalo stole the phone from the pocket of Aregbesola on November 27, 2010, the Governor was being inaugurated at Government Technical College, Osogbo.

Justice Oyejide Falola, who heard the case, found Ighodalo guilty on six counts, which included conspiracy, stealing and fraud.

He was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment for the first count and five years for each of the last three which included impersonation, obtaining property by falsehood and collusion.

Falola, who ruled that Ighodalo deserved the jail term, held that the convict used the phone to obtain N50,000 from the Owa of Ilesa, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, while he obtained N200, 000 from Mr Shengen Rahman, an associate of the governor.

The jail term which Falola pronounced will run concurrently, meaning Ighodalo will spend the next 10 years behind bars.

Assistant principal state counsel, Mr Biodun, told the court the convict had served six-year imprisonment in Ikoyi prison custody in connection with a murder case in 2005.

Meanwhile, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Okiti State on Thursday condemned the 45-year jail term handed down by Osogbo High Court to 31-year-old Kevin Igha Ighodalo for stealing a phone.

Fayemi wondered why a phone thief could be jailed 45 years whereas culprits in N12 billion pension fund scam and several billion naira loots were freed.

The Governor who said “offences must have commensurate punishment”, demanded that those “who steal the nation’s resources should be made to face the full wrath of the law”.