Facebook user Don C. has called on Nigerians to intervene in the case of a 23-year old man Tope Abiodun, who he claimed was sentenced to Death by Hanging over theft of a smartphone worth N87,000 at the time.
In a post on Wednesday, Don said Tope, a Kogi state indigene, committed the crime when he was 18, and has been in prison for the past four years.
He disclosed that Tope, who confessed to have committed the crime, said that he stole to take care of his younger ones.
Don C. wrote:
Justice Chizoba Orji of Apo high court FCT Abuja jailed 23 years old Tope Abiodun (from Kabba Kogi state) to death by hanging for stealing an android LG phone valued at #87,00o ….this happened few weeks ago in a country where those that Looted billions that were meant to make life easy for such Youths from being tempted to survive through stealing are out there roaming the streets in freedom .
This is unfair to the poor and vulnerable masses, Tope fluently speaks Yoruba, Igbo and Hausa languages, he has transformed since he was imprisoned four years ago,this is a lad that will assist visitors with their luggage down to cells of those they came to visit in kuje prison.
He is a good boy we can not allow to die .
I am appealing to well meaning nigerians, clergies alike to come to his aide ,he has an ageing mother, he was not born to see his father alive, one can easily understand his upbringing .
Tope Abiodun committed this crime when he was 18 years old ,he told me, the pressure to feed with his younger siblings pushed him to do it .
Probably he did that as an ignorant young boy out of the normal juvenile delinquency stage in our lives .
God bless you as you do to help him process his case through the appeal court ,I am so sad about this because I have spent much to help this boy even though I have my issues at the end the judge gave him a very harsh sentence (death by hanging) in a case no death was recorded .