Hungry 27-year-old man jailed 6 months for stealing N1, 200


The judge ruled that Mr. Akanbi’s excuse and plea were not sufficient reasons not to be punished.


A 27-year-old man, Lekan Azeez, of Gishiri village, Abuja, has been sentenced to six months in prison for stealing N1,200 from one Alhaji Bala.

Mr. Azeez was sentenced on Friday by An Abuja Senior Magistrates’ Court presided over by Ann Akobi.

The judge, however, gave the convict an option of N2 thousand fine.

Mr. Akobi said that the offence, commonly known as “pick pocket’’ was becoming a common practice in the Abuja and the best way to curb it was punishment.

She said that the sentence would serve as deterrent to other offenders of like minds.

Earlier, the prosecutor, Monday Akor, had told the court that the case was reported at the Maitama Police Station by one Inspector Ayuba attached to the Police Force Headquarters, Abuja.

Mr. Akor said that Mr. Azeez stole N1, 200 from Alhaji Bala at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.

He said that the money was recovered from Mr. Azeez during investigation, an offence which contravened the provisions of Section 287 of the Penal Code.

Mr. Azeez pleaded guilty to the charge and begged for mercy.

“I was hungry. I did not know what came over me on that day that made me to steal. I have never stole before and pray the court to forgive me,” he said.

The magistrate said that the accused had not been able to give tangible reasons to the court on why he should not be punished for the offence.

Ms. Akobi also ordered that the money recovered be returned to Bala.



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  • Eziokwu bu Ndu

    Who will pay for the services of a SAN for the poor man? Delay or denial of fairness and justness has one consequence – lack of peace and development. When “powerful people” steal billions of naira, they quickly get an injunction restraining the EFCC from ever mentioning their names or even going to toilet. God is watching Nigeria. Animousity is building up, Nigeria must CERTAINLY implode or explode or both if things continue this way. I am not saying that people should be encouraged to stael. But, if a poor man who stole N1,200.00 from one person is punished, why should a rich man who stole billions from over 160m Nigerians be applauded with a national honour? It is unfortunate!

  • Eziokwu bu Ndu

    This man stole to feed. He was maximally punished. Others steal to buy private jets, build bullet-proof houses, enjoy holidays at the carrebean Islands or Hawaii, satisfy their sexual ego and save for their great grand children; and they are honoured. May Nigeria never see peace until it puts together, acts of peace and acts for peace, Amen!

  • angryniger

    just today the pension scammers who stole billions have been sentenced to 2 years and fined 250,000 two hundred and fifty thousand naira, only in nigeria do the rich get away with murder.