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Why Police can’t Investigate Stealing of Undies for Diabolism – Frank Mba



The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) PRO, ACP Frank Mba has said the Force cannot investigate the stealing of underwear for spiritual reasons because it is not “empirically verifiable”.

In recent times, stories of theft of ladies’ underwear for diabolic purposes, especially for get-rich-quick schemes.

Mba was speaking on NTA‘s Good Morning Nigeria programme on Friday and said unless there is a “convergence of the act like cases of murder or an attempt or related crimes,” then the Force can investigate that.

“Stealing of underwear for whatsoever reason is a recent phenomenon, before now, we had cases of rituals killings but we can’t investigate things that are not empirically verifiable except when there is convergence of the act like cases of murder or an attempt or related crimes,” the Police tweeted on Friday.


  1. Aare

    February 1, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    He probably needs a better explanation, classic Nigerian education, make things unintelligible to look like you know what you are doing while in reality no one knows what you are doing. I thought stealing was stealing or it depends on the value of the theft and the time police will waste looking for minor theft with no monetary kickback.

    • Mrs Chidukane

      February 1, 2019 at 11:17 pm

      Juju is not recognized under the law. If you arraign someone for stealing underwear,what will you give as the motive begin the theft?

    • Radiant

      February 4, 2019 at 12:03 am

      In our criminal jurisprudence proving intention (mens rea) and the act (actus rea) is mandatory but proving motive is not mandatory (although it may help the prosecution in establishing mens rea.

      Also in some states, the laws criminalise acts one may consider juju.

      All in all stealing simpliciter is an offence. What the stealing is for is really not necessary to prosecute, if I might suggest to the NPF.

    • LOL

      February 4, 2019 at 10:40 am

      It’s easy. A fetish, maybe. More importantly, what is needed is evidence that he in fact committed the crime. Theft is theft is theft.

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