A Life Camp Magistrates’ Court in Abuja ordered Yusuf Muazu, a 30-year-old Labourer, to sweep the court premises for three hours for stealing a bowl of food and a cup of cold water.

Mr. Muazu had been charged by the police for criminal trespass and theft. However, Muazu pleaded guilty to the charges and begged the court for leniency.

He said, “I plead for mercy, I want the court to forgive me. I was really hungry and I entered the woman’s’ kitchen and saw a pot of food and I fetched some and also a cup of water.

Magistrate Sharon Tanko, in her ruling, reiterated that being hungry is not an excuse for the crime committed. Therefore, he would be punished for his crime.

She said, “The court, having found the convict guilty of the offence and his being remorseful and not wasting the time of the court in admitting to his crime, is hereby ordered to engage in three hours community service.

“You are hereby ordered to pick up all the dirt and clean up the premises of Life Camp Magistrates’ Court for three hours under the supervision of the court registrar,’’ Tanko said.

However, Magistrate Tanko further advised Muazu to relocate back to his home town in Kano or find work to meet his daily needs.


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