Women, blaming hard times, jailed 10 months for receiving stolen rice, beans


A Jos Chief Magistrate’s Court on Thursday sentenced two women, Karkuzu Raymond, 50, and Stella Alechenu, 45, to 10 months imprisonment each, for receiving stolen rice and beans.

The convicts, both of Jenta Adamu Street, Jos, were charged with receiving stolen property.

The magistrate, Jovita Binjin, sentenced them after they pleaded guilty to the crime and begged for leniency.

In their plea, the convicts attributed their action to the harsh economic times.

“It is the current hardship that led us to it; we just wanted to provide for our families.

“Rice is very expensive now; we wanted to sell and make profit. It is the work of the devil, we will not do it again,” they pleaded.

After the plea, the magistrate sentenced them to 10 months each in prison, with an option of fine of N5, 000 each.

Earlier, the police prosecutor, Thomas Amuku, told the court that one Agbat Luke, a security man attached to the Satelite Market, Jos, reported the matter at the “A” Division Police Station on Sept. 8.

Mr. Amuku said the accused received two bags of rice and a large quantity of beans suspected to have been stolen, from one Friday Doro and Friday Audu, whom had since been convicted for theft.

He said the accused bought the bags of rice and the beans valued at N70, 000, from the thieves at the rate of N15, 000.

The prosecutor added that during police investigation, the accused confessed to have committed the crime.

He said the offence contravened the provision of section 317 of the Penal Code.


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  • Gary

    C’mon judge, so they bought stolen food cheap to feed their families in these hard times and you jail them for that? Not a suspended sentence or probation or make them do community service but prison for TEN months? For stealing food in a country where others have stolen millions and billions without arrest or restitution?
    Let’s hope the State Governor reads this and heeds my appeal to pardon these women immediately.
    Shame on the judge who lacks the milk of human kindness.

    • Marcus Ijele

      See how he quickly dispensed the case and sent the poor women to jail, not minding the reason for their action. Too bad. The merciless judge did not even consider what will happen to the children for whose sake their mothers bought the stolen items. In one of the Towns in Delta State, a woman was brought to the Police ”a Division”, for stealing pot of soup belonging to another woman. The DPO, of the Station lampooned the accuser for bringing her fellow woman who was dying of hunger with her children to police station for stealing a pot of soup instead of sharing the soup with the woman. The DPO, gracefully gave the accused ten thousand Naira to go home and see what she can do for her children. Here a Judge did not consider the reason for the actions of the women who were merely first offenders.

    • Allen

      There was an option of 5,000 naira fine.

  • Hassan

    It’s pathetic for our judiciary.

  • otunne steve gofrey

    See where Buhari and his co travelers have put Nigerians.
    It has never being this hard and bad in Nigeria.