Nigeria’s justice system is fast and swift when the ordinary man is involved. An Akure Chief Magistrates’ Court on Monday sentenced a 31-year-old man, Ayodele Joseph, to 18 months imprisonment for house breaking and stealing pepper soup meat and palm wine worth N2,600.
Ayodele pleaded guilty to the crime and begged the court for mercy, saying “I do not have parents, please I will not indulge in such act again.”
The Prosecutor, Cpl Adebiyi Abiodun, had told the court that the convict broke into the house of Kemisola Ibitoye and stole pepper soup meat valued at N1,900.
Abiodun said other items stolen by the convict were palm wine valued at N700
and also some black wood hot drink and Regal gin valued at N2,000.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Olayinka Omole, sentenced Ayodele to six months imprisonment or N5,000 fine for stealing and one year imprisonment or option of N10,000 for housebreaking.
Sources say the man has been moved to prison as there was no one to pay the N15,000 fine for him. Sad!