- Nigerian lawmaker and businessman, Akin Alabi, has taken to social media to share the predicament of a 16-year-old petty thief
- According to his tweet, the boy was caught after stealing a phone but was forced by the police to say he was 19 so as to be tried as an adult
- Alabi, who shared this on Twitter, sort the opinion of people on whether he should fight the criminality in the case or pay the bail of N55k
The issue of police officers carrying out criminal acts on undeserving citizens continue to be a menacing issue in the country. Just recently, Nigerian politician, Akin Alabi took to social media to share the story of a 16-year-old boy who was caught stealing.
According to Alabi, the police then made the teenage boy to say he was 19 so as to be tried in adult court. Following this, the boy is facing 3 years in prison if he fails to pay N55k. Alabi who shared the story, asked if the case should be fought or the money should be paid instead.
He wrote: "A 16 year old boy stole a phone and was caught. Police made him say he was 19 so he could be tried in a “normal” court. He was sentenced to 3 years in prison or pay N55k. The family does not have. Should we pay so they can free him NOW or should we fight this? I need your advice."
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A lot of Twitter users responded to the post, with majority advising that the money be paid first to prevent the boy from ending up in jail and then later fight the injustice.
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In a similar story, Twitter user, Sir Wole, shared his harrowing experience in a Nigerian prison, leaving many social media users in shock. In a series of tweets, he explained the numerous things wrong with the Nigerian prison and judicial system.
Wole, who didn't state why he was in jail, revealed in many ways how sickening and life-draining the experience was. He started off by talking about the numerous teenage boys rotting away in these prisons.
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