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Nursing Mother Jailed For Stealing A Carton of Indomie

Nov 18, 2011 – Nursing Mother Jailed For Stealing A Carton of Indomie

One Osogbo Senior Magistrates’ Court on Thursday sentenced a 28-year old nursing mother, Taye Joseph, to 7 days of community service for stealing a carton of indomie.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the convict was to be kept in the custody of Ataoja Police Station in Osogbo from where she was expected to be coming to clean the court’s premises for seven days.

Senior Magistrate Olusola Aluko, however, gave an option of N300 fine for each of the seven-count charges brought against the convict.

Joseph had pleaded guilty to the seven-count charges of conspiracy, house-breaking as well as stealing and asked for leniency.

The police prosecutor, Solomon Oladele, told the court that the woman committed the offences, which contravened sections 516, 383, 413 and 390, of the Criminal Code, Laws of Osun, on November 16, at Olugun area in Osogbo.

Oladele, while presenting the facts of the case during a summary trial, told the court that Joseph forcefully entered the shop of one Fasilat Yinusa and stole a carton of indomie noodles valued at N1, 200.

He added that the woman stole some biscuits, Viju milk, eggs, packets of cigarettes and Bournvita among other items from the shops of Mulikat Agbeja and Folasade Suleiman.

According to Oladele, one Falola Saidi sighted the convict while trying to escape with the stolen items and raised an alarm which enabled passersby to apprehend her.

Aluko, in his jugdment, said : “Throughout the trial period, I watched the convict keenly as she wept which indicated that she is regretting her action and I noticed that she is very sober.

“She is to be kept in the custody of the Ataoja Police Station from where she should be coming to clean the premises of this court for seven days.

“The convict should report at 8 a.m. and close at 4 p.m for the seven days and in the alternative, she should pay a fine of N300 for each of the seven count-charge brought against her.” (NAN)



  1. Gabriel Nagaba

    November 18, 2011 at 6:47 AM

    I believe the judgement given to this mother will make her realises her mistakes.But 7 days are too scanty for her let the woman have adition of 2weeks so that she will learn her leasons.I love Nigeria

  2. Akure Dorcas Doosuur

    November 18, 2011 at 8:13 AM

    Dats fair enof,it wil serve as a lesson 2 others bt i tink d woman should b askd y she had 2 steal those items. Maybe she was hungry. Ppl r sufferin nd i blive ppl wont go into som certain acts if they av jobs or means of makin a livin. Abeg mek dem leave dat woman jare!

  3. Justice Cjay

    November 18, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    But our so called ex-speaker and past leaders who stole billions and embezzled de nations treasury still walk freely witout being convicted for all their heinous crime rather they were conferred a national award of wateva… Who is fullin who here.. I pity de poor hungry nursing mother cos if no hunger, she wouldn’t…

  4. a. a dakom

    November 18, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    For the seck of the baby , she shuold have been forgeven

  5. Ada

    November 18, 2011 at 10:45 AM

    If u people see thief now, u wil run away. Please, let d hungry nursing morther be. If she is not hungry, she wouldnt try such. I pray God to provid her with food to nurse her baby.

  6. Queen

    November 18, 2011 at 12:31 PM

    The suffering in nigeria is rather too much.i will do the same for my children if its the only option left than starvation.govt should have shelters and food for hopeless situation like they do in Europe.

    • Belinda

      March 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

      which Govt will provide help? Nigerian Govt?. When a governor has no shame in giving gifts of millions of peoples money as wedding gifts and millions to his political loyal’s so that they will not deviate to other parties. It is sad. They could care less what the poor masses are going through. This political leaders are all thieves that is their job. Even some of us living in the west run home as soon as our family member or best friend gets a good position in the government in the hope to get our own share of the national cake. Someone who is a taxi driver here in the US as soon as his brother or friend gets a position in politics they automatically becomes rich overnight, comes back to the states and buys things cash with the american dollar. Even as we criticize them I think an average Nigerian will do the same as soon as they finds out that there is no one checking. It is so frustrating.

  7. ayo emmanuel

    November 22, 2011 at 10:45 AM


  8. bky

    March 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    To me o, de judge shuld ve given ha some money with provisions to enable ha tkr of ha baby.

  9. adeshewa

    March 12, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    oh poor nursing mother

  10. patience

    September 27, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    dis life may God help us all

  11. yubbie

    March 11, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Y’all are saying she should have been pardoned.she stole indomie, viju milk, and biscuits for her kid(s) that’s understandable but who’s the cigarretes for? Her kids? The judge did the right thing but I think he should have helped her with some money or probably foodstuffs to help her take care of her children.

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