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Lagos Man Sentenced to 6 Days Community Service for Stealing Pot of Soup



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A Somolu Magistrates’ Court in Lagos State on Monday sentenced a 28- year-old man, Abiodun Ojedokun,  to six days of community service for stealing a large pot of soup.

The Magistrate, Bola Osunsanmi, sentenced the convict to 48 hours of community service  for each of the three-count charge, after he had pleaded guilty to them.

“Based on the facts of this case before this court, the confirmed report and your plea of leniency, I hereby sentence you to 48 hours community service on each of the counts of the charge,” Osunsanmi said.

The convict, arraigned on a three-count charge of conspiracy, burglary and stealing, pleaded guilty to all the charges preferred against him.

The prosecutor, Akinlabi Adegoke, told the court that the convict, who was a casual worker and whose address was unknown, committed the offence on September 20th at 2 a.m. at the Onipanu Model Market in Somolu, Lagos State.

“The accused connived with some others, now at large, to break into one Gbadamosi Sanni’s shop at 2 a.m.

“They broke the locks and stole her large pot of soup, valued at N8,000,” Adegoke said.

The prosecutor told the court that the offenses contravened Sections 285, 308 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2011.

Ojedokun pleaded guilty to the charges and asked for leniency, claiming that he committed the offense because he was starving.

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  1. stealing soup

    October 27, 2014 at 3:22 pm


    this shows the level of poverty in the land

    Not stealing money or tv or fridge or car or valuable assets, but food. Chai!

    In a country where her citizen are reported to be buying private jets daily, buying mansions on london streets, richest in africa…..

    Diaris God in everything we are doing
    Diaris God

  2. Bola Odu

    October 27, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    The hardship in this country is too much, for a guy to put up this act he must be seriously starving. Lord help us in this nation.

  3. deb

    October 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Please don’t attribute this to poverty but greed, even house maids after u av served them food, they still steal food, raw or cooked and eat with their peeps. People are always greedy with food, at parties, on the rig, just name it.

    • stealing soup

      October 27, 2014 at 4:44 pm

      Debby, dont you know the cause of greed?
      It is because they don’t have enough or never seen that kind/type of food before. Now that there is a surplus, they must eat, do take away and carry for friends.

      That maid is stealing because what you served her was not enough, (2) she has never seen that kind of food before where shes coming from… So it is poverty.

      When you see people who act like that outside/at a party, just know they don’t have that at home. Those who have more than enough at home wouldn’t even bother to join a long queue at wedding receptions cos they know when they get home, they can afford to eat more than what is offered at the wedding.

      what in this world would make you go steal soup when you have all kinds of soup in your own fridge/freezer?

      People do stuffs and when you analyze it critically, you will know it is poverty!

  4. Bola Odu

    October 27, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    The hardship in this country is too much, for a guy to put up this acts he must be seriously starving. Lord help this nation.

  5. i no send

    October 27, 2014 at 5:23 pm

    lol @ a large pot of soup…..he is greedy co she could had just scooped what he wanted to eat and consider the owner of the soup who may also be suffering abi

  6. chinco

    October 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Just an aside from the poverty issue….I didn’t know people did community service here. That’s awesome we need more people to clean the streets

  7. chinco

    October 27, 2014 at 5:27 pm

    They should give community service to corrupt government officials and politicians even if they don’t have the guts to jail them

  8. Zeal

    October 27, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    Please release him joor. You want make hunger kpai the guy abi

  9. deb

    October 27, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    I DO NOT AGREE!!!. I have seen rich people, people that are well read that are greedy, not even poor people. You can imagine a woman that has a cocacola mini depot attending a party and still taking 2 packs of 5 aalive home, she prevented people on her table from opening it. I have a boss, nice woman, a major importer with massive house in lekki she has a cook and all, we went for a seminar and at breakfast took more sausage roll than the others, I know of my inlaws with plenty property and plenty money, when they come to visit the still awe at food, at parties they want to hoard everything, see GREED is GREED and has nothing to do with poverty.

  10. Dr. N

    October 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    One nanny I once had stole my pot of okro soup n ran away. This was a girl I allowed to help herself to as much food as she could eat, lol. If she hears of this she’ll be like “I got off easy”. Hahaha!

  11. tunmi

    October 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm

    I thought this was unplanned. But since he connived with others, the sentencing seems appropriate. I was scared the judge would have sent the guy to months in jail (cruel and punishment). But na poverty tho. Maybe they could do community service for the business they stole from since he most likely cannot afford the 8,000

  12. Tumi

    October 28, 2014 at 2:18 am

    am i the only one who wondered why there was a large pot of soup at 2am in the morning?

    • Mohammad

      October 28, 2014 at 2:47 pm

      Ah ahn. You suppose know say na de following day after cooking soup dey sweet pass. The owner was just doing the needful.

  13. miss max

    October 28, 2014 at 7:37 am

    I am wondering also and at the same thinking “community service” in nigeria? What will this ‘community service be?

  14. miss max

    October 28, 2014 at 7:38 am

    at the same time thinking

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