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Facebook User raises Awareness for Man Sentenced to Death by Hanging over theft of Smartphone



Tope Abiodun. Photo Credit: Facebook

Facebook user Don C. has called on Nigerians to intervene in the case of a 23-year old man Tope Abiodun, who he claimed was sentenced to Death by Hanging over theft of a smartphone worth N87,000 at the time.

In a post on Wednesday, Don said Tope, a Kogi state indigene, committed the crime when he was 18, and has been in prison for the past four years.

He disclosed that Tope, who confessed to have committed the crime, said that he stole to take care of his younger ones.

Don C. wrote:

Justice Chizoba Orji of Apo high court FCT Abuja jailed 23 years old Tope Abiodun (from Kabba Kogi state) to death by hanging for stealing an android LG phone valued at #87,00o ….this happened few weeks ago in a country where those that Looted billions that were meant to make life easy for such Youths from being tempted to survive through stealing are out there roaming the streets in freedom .

This is unfair to the poor and vulnerable masses, Tope fluently speaks Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages, he has transformed since he was imprisoned four years ago,this is a lad that will assist visitors with their luggage down to cells of those they came to visit in kuje prison.

He is a good boy we can not allow to die .

I am appealing to well meaning nigerians, clergies alike to come to his aide ,he has an ageing mother, he was not born to see his father alive, one can easily understand his upbringing .

Tope Abiodun committed this crime when he was 18 years old ,he told me, the pressure to feed with his younger siblings pushed him to do it .

Probably he did that as an ignorant young boy out of the normal juvenile delinquency stage in our lives .

God bless you as you do to help him process his case through the appeal court ,I am so sad about this because I have spent much to help this boy even though I have my issues at the end the judge gave him a very harsh sentence (death by hanging) in a case no death was recorded .

Wake up ,Good Nigerians!

May this also teach our young stars a lesson !

#Pls share this as a way to assist him


  1. fifi

    March 31, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    I pray God intervenes in this matter. He needs our prayers. I pray this life doesn’t get wasted.

  2. Authentic Sunshine

    March 31, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    Pls can we all come together for this. For him to have one person fighting his cause means there is something good about him.

  3. madman

    March 31, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    HE Stabbed someone in the head

  4. madman

    March 31, 2017 at 5:30 pm

    He stabbed someone in the head…. how EVIL are you all trying to advocate for a MORON. DO you know how many orphans and people with difficult lives who do not go around ROBBING, STEALING AND KILLING OTHER PEOPLE?

    • Darius

      March 31, 2017 at 6:05 pm

      It wasn’t written that he stabbed someone in the head. Even if he did, he was only 18( I’m not trying to rationalize his actions). He should pay for his sins, but his punishment should be proportionate to the crime he committed.

      Sometimes we do things we don’t mean out of anger. Everybody deserves a second chance. Even in America, certain prisoners are released on parole if they turn a new leaf in prison.

    • adelegirl

      March 31, 2017 at 6:18 pm

      He technically didn’t do the actual stabbing. His accomplice,a teenager (14yr old) stabbed their victim in the head whilst Tope made away with the phone. The teenager got sentenced to 14yrs imprisonment and Tope got the death sentence.

    • Authentic Sunshine

      March 31, 2017 at 6:31 pm

      There is really no need to call me evil. It doesn’t say anywhere that he stabbed anyone. It then goes on to talk about his younger siblings and aging ailing mother. I was under the impression he pick pocketed and with the number of suicide and murders happening, saving his life seemed humane. If there is enough evidence he has changed, why not give him another chance and sentence him to being a better citizen.

  5. madman

    March 31, 2017 at 5:31 pm


  6. adelegirl

    March 31, 2017 at 5:32 pm

    Such a sad story. The result of a decision taken in haste, poorly thought out, in desperation. May we not be tempted with more than we can bear. Everytime, I visit the prisons, I am confronted with the stark reality that the inmates could be anyone really. They are not necessarily there because they “deserve” to be there. Sometimes, being at the wrong place at the wrong time, taking a hasty decision or one in anger (recently found out that a carpenter I know is awaiting trial in prison for attempted murder – the result of a fight gone wrong in their carpentry workshop)

    Anyway, I digress, now to the subject of the post. My knowledge of criminal law is rusty at best but Armed Robbery (robbery conducted when armed with a weapon – any weapon – knife, gun, cutlass, etc) is a capital offence, punishable by death, the value of the item(s) stolen is usually irrelevant. Chances of him being actually being killed are very slim – I hear authorities are always reluctant to sign the death warrants so many inmates sentenced to death end up spending their lives in prison, killed by the rotten Nigerian prison system not as a result of the sentence per se.

    Tope may attempt to appeal. I however think his best bet is to seek a pardon/clemency.

    BN, could you perhaps find out what one can do to help Tope’s case?

  7. Darius

    March 31, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    I don’t want to believe that someone could be sentenced to death for theft, but hey, we live in a country where the unimaginable is possible.

    The judge must be high on some mind-bending drug when he passed judgement. When there is talk of granting amnesty to Boko Haram members( who in my opinion do not deserve mercy), someone is sentenced to death for theft.

    He should be freed at once! This is a travesty of justice! The judge that gave the sentence should be probed. What was his motive for handing out such a harsh penalty? What is the appropriate punishment for theft according to our penal code ( theft that does not result in death)? How can a country operate without laws?

    • Sassy

      April 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      Read the penal Code, the offense of armed robbery i.e robbery with a weapon is punishable by death while the other aka stealing/theft is punished differently. Before you vilify the Judge read your laws and instead demand an amendment to our archaic laws so that looters are served punishments commensurate with their crimes. The hands of the Judiciary are tied most times because they have to follow the law in making their decisions

  8. madman

    March 31, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    Its not just theft though… he stabbed someone in the head.

  9. Jade Edo babe

    March 31, 2017 at 5:58 pm

    There’s more to this story. I don’t think it’s just theft. How I wish the hanging can be extended to these much deserve criminals that has sucked the country dry since independence. They are convicted felons but walking around like free men. God shake up that country with your anger.

  10. honey omo lekki

    March 31, 2017 at 6:04 pm

    I know it must be more than just stealing phone. He must be armed for him to have been handed that sentence. I pray none of you ever experience armed robbery, otherwise you wont be pleading for clemency for an armed robber.

    It is no excuse that you stabbed someone in the head to feed your siblings. I ain’t joining that campaign. Not that i matter anyway!!!

  11. survivor

    March 31, 2017 at 8:38 pm

    Only if the guy hasn’t killed before..isn’t the way that bastad killed the hustling jumia guy? What if he was not caught?the guy will forever go mising aby?Just because of iphones.Na this king judge fit naija politicians looting the country dry

  12. survivor

    March 31, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    All of una dey pity am now except madman,,Godforbid if these thieves meet u on the road they could kill because of Nokia touch….my bro was stabbed one early morning going toChurch if not for good Samaritan.

  13. Educate The World Inc

    April 10, 2017 at 6:27 pm

    We are a US 501c3 Non-Profit organization. We were alerted of this story last week. We’ve put together a petition for this young man who was sentenced to death for the theft of a phone, and for being an accomplice to stabbing the victim on the head. Our hearts go out to the victim of this crime. However, we believe the perpetrator, Mr. Tope Abiodun deserves a second chance at life. He made a terrible error of judgement as an 18 year old. PLEASE SIGN THIS PETITION AND PASS IT ON TO OTHERS TO ALSO SIGN. Let’s get as many signatures as possible to alert the international community, the United Nations etc. This kid does not deserve the death.

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