Barely 24 hours after vigilantes attached to the Petroleum Training Institute, PTI, Road in Warri, Delta State, arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly stealing a pot of soup, a father of two has been nabbed in Bayelsa State for the same crime.
The suspect, identified as Kaduna Enatimi, was nabbed by a vigilance group, Igbogene Vigilance Committee in Yenagoa Local Government Area of the state.
The 35-year-old man, an indigene of Akassa community of Brass LGA of the state, allegedly stole a pot of soup, 12 wraps of fufu and a half basin of garri flour and was arrested by the vigilantes at 2am on Thursday while comfortably consuming some of the stolen wraps of fufu and the soup.
Enatimi confessed that hunger and economic hardship led him to steal the pot of soup and the other food items, after which the Paramount Ruler of the area, the Obenibe X1 of Epie Kingdom, King Hope Adike, intervened and asked them to parade him round the community with the stolen items as deterrent to others.
After parading the suspect round the village, Adike ordered that he be released and asked to sin no more.
Also, speaking on the incident, the Head of the Igbogene Vigilance Committee, Chief MoneySweet Asomo, told newsmen 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 in the area.
He said, “We were on patrol at about 2am on Thursday.
“When we got to the Timida School area, we saw a man at a local food joint eating. The food kiosk is owned by an Akwa Ibom indigene popularly called Madam Blessing.”