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Nigeria / Poverty drove him to steal soup and flour!

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A soldier, Musa Lawal, attached to the 13th Brigade of the Nigerian Army was on Thursday kidnapped by unknown gunmen along the busy Calabar Road in Calabar, Cross River State.

Lawal had just stepped out of the bank when the gunmen bundled him into a waiting vehicle and whisked him away to an unknown destination.

An eyewitness, Emma Abang, said the incident happened at about 10a.m in the presence of security officials in the bank.

He said, “The army officer was kidnapped in front of one of the popular banks along Calabar Road after he had finished his transactions.

“It was not clear whether they kidnapped him because of the transaction he went to carry out; but they just whisked him into their vehicle and zoomed off. They took him to an unknown destination.”

Meanwhile, an Egor Magistrates’ Court in Benin on Thursday remanded Dickson Uwadinusu, 30, in prison, for allegedly threatening to kill his parents.

The Magistrate, Mrs E.E. Edokpayi, who frowned at the accused person’s act, vowed not to grant him bail.

Edokpayi said that if the accused person was granted bail, he would go home and continue the same act or even do more.

She ruled that bail for the accused person would be considered at the next sitting as she adjourned the case till December 29.

The accused, who pleaded not guilty to a two-count, told his girlfriend who accompanied his parents to the court: “I am happy going to the prison and will see you on the next adjourned date.”

Earlier, the prosecutor, Mrs Violet Soyemi, told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 4th at Agbanbe Street, Evbotubo Quarters, Benin.

Meanwhile, a vigilance group, Igbogene Vigilance Committee in Yenagoa Local Government Area of Bayelsa State, has arrested a father of two for alleged theft of a pot of soup, 12 wraps of fufu and a half basin of garri flour.

The 35-year-old, whose name was given as Mr. Kaduna Enatimi, hailed from Akassa community of Brass LGA of the state.

Enatimi was said to be arrested by the vigilantes about 2am on Thursday while comfortably consuming some of the stolen wraps of fufu and the soup.

The suspected thief, a married man, was said to have confessed that hunger and economic hardship led him to steal the pot of soup and the other food items to enable him to feed himself and his family.

The Head of the Igbogene Vigilance Committee, Chief MoneySweet Asomo, said the suspect was caught red handed “doing justice” to the soup and food items stolen from a cafeteria owned by an Akwa Ibom State woman -Madam Blessing- in the area.

The Paramount ruler of the area, the Obenibe X1 of Epie Kingdom, King Hope Adike, it was learnt, was said to have let him go after considering his defence that hunger and hardship made him to steal the items. The ruler only asked the vigilante to parade him (the suspect) around the community with the stolen items as a deterrent to others.

Author: Tubonemi – Nigeria

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