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Woman Loses Pot of Rice She Was Cooking to Thieves in Ebonyi State



Local Cooking Pot - DreamstimeA middle-aged woman identified as Agnes on Sunday in Abakaliki lost the pot of rice she was cooking to thieves.

A News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) correspondent who visited Agnes’ residence behind Nnodo Secondary School, Amike-Aba on Monday reports that she was still in shock over the incident.

It took repeated appeals by the correspondent to make Agnes talk, as she maintained that her husband had barred her from speaking further on the issue to avoid negative attention to the family.

“I came back from a village-meeting late on Sunday and put the rice on fire so that my family could have their dinner and eat the remnant on Monday morning. This apartment, as you can see, has no kitchen so we cook in the space in front of the house, likewise other occupants of the building,” she said.

Agnes said that as she went inside her room to fetch some condiments, she was delayed by the attention she had to give to her crying child.

“I gave attention to my child who was crying and by the time I came out to continue cooking, the pot of rice had vanished, with the stove still enkindled. After I recovered from the shock, I started screaming which attracted my husband, family members and neighbours who were all as stupefied as I. When it was established that no occupant of the building took the pot, it dawned n us that the act was perpetrated by a thief who exploited the vulnerability of the improvised kitchen,” she said.

The woman declined further comments but her neigbour, Justin Mbam-Egbe, noted that the situation had re-awakened security consciousness among the occupants of the house.

“This is the first theft case we are experiencing and we will henceforth be security conscious to avert future occurrences,” he said.

A private security consultant in Abakaliki, Dr. John Odikwa, blamed such incident on the current economic recession in the country.

“The country has degenerated to a level that people now steal pots of rice and soup and with the yuletide approaching, the society should be ready for serious security challenges. The Federal Government should take immediate measures to alleviate the sufferings of the people to prevent total breakdown of law and order,” he said.

The Public Relations Officer of the Ebonyi police command, George Okafor, described the incident as funny and noted that it had not been reported to the command.

“It is difficult for such incidents to be reported but we assure the citizens of the state of adequate protection of their lives and properties,” he said.

Photo Credit: Pritsaidee Jaipinta | Dreamstime

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  1. nene+

    September 27, 2016 at 11:19 am

    From snatching of children’s lunch packs in Niger state to stealing pots of soups in various states, to depositing children as collateral for bags of rice et all are all sad stories and a reality that the state of Nigeria is critical.

    Unfortunately Buhari’s advisers are his worshippers and thinks Nigerians are exaggerating the situation! How did a bucket of garri rise from N350 to N700 under Buhari? Is garri also affected by dollars? How did Buhari manage to kill the effort of the former minister of Agriculture who ensured stable food price despite major flooding that destroyed farms in 2012?

    • tunmi

      September 27, 2016 at 2:04 pm

      The price of gari, let’s be honest, is not all due to Buhari. Na supply and demand cause am, unless you want the govt to start having subsidies for food items so the average person pays less.

    • Nerve

      September 27, 2016 at 3:39 pm

      @tunmi, you or your folks must be very rich o. You certainly live in a bubble. Oshisco clicking my tongue. The poor always trying to prove nonsense on a faceless blog.

    • I don't understand

      March 31, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Are you saying that demand for garri is higher now, than it was in 2014?

    • nnenne

      September 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

      @ nene+… You didn’t add, throwing children away
      Actually , a single mom, reportedly did that recently in Lagos She dropped her baby daughter on the street and walked away The police was called, and she was found and arrested
      She confessed that she is a single mother and could no longer cater for the kid. The baby’s father apparently deserted them.

  2. Moyo

    September 27, 2016 at 6:16 pm

    The police find it funny???. and they are committed to securing lives and property. Is the rice not the woman’s property.

    • cutewine

      September 28, 2016 at 9:33 am

      Moyo my boo of life! Lolz

  3. ATL's finest

    September 27, 2016 at 6:43 pm

    Smh the struggle is REAL

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