The current recession has pushed many poor Nigerians beyond shameless limits, thus a rare incident buzzing around is about a hunger stricken 35-year old man apprehended by some vigilance group, while feasting on stolen pot of soup and fufu at ungodly hour of the night.
According to Igbogene Vigilance Committee in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, the father of two, Mr. Kaduna Enatimi, who hailed from Akassa community of Brass LGA of the state, was arrested around 2:00am on Thursday, November 10, while comfortably consuming the stolen food.
They said other food items recovered from the suspect include, 12 wraps of fufu, a bottle of oil and half basin of garri. BuzzNigeria learnt that Enatimi has confessed hunger and economic hardship led him into committing such shameful crime; that he had to steal the foodstuff in other to save himself and his entire family from starvation.
Chief MoneySweet Asomo who’s the head of the Igbogene Vigilance Committee confirmed the incident and he said the suspect was caught in the act of doing justice to the soup stolen from a local restaurant owned by an Akwa Ibom State woman in the area.
“We were on patrol at about 2am on Thursday. When we got to the Timida School area, we saw a man at a local food joint eating. The food kiosk is owned by an Akwa Ibom indigene popularly called Madam Blessing.
“We questioned Enatimi and he confessed to have stolen the pot of soup, some wraps of fufu and half basin of garri. He claimed it was the economic hardship that led him to the crime.”
However, the paramount ruler of the community, the Obenibe X1 of Epie Kingdom, King Hope Adike, reportedly intervened in the matter and ordered the suspect to be paraded around the community, with the stolen items, as punishment.
The King was said to have released him after considering the circumstances – hunger and hardship, which lured him into stealing.