Man sent to prison for allegedly stealing loaves of bread

A man identified as Chima Okoro, who worked as a baker in a bakery has been imprisoned for allegedly stealing loaves of bread and N80,000 in cash.

He appeared on Wednesday before a judge at the Tinubu Chief Magistrates’ Court.

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Man sent to prison for allegedly stealing loaves of bread


The police, charged the accused who resides at No. 4, Otua St., Ijora 7up, Lagos on two counts of theft, breaking and entering.

The prosecutor, Sgt Hafsat Ajibode told the court that the accused committed the offence on November 7, at 2am at Kilometre 45 Lekki/Epe Expressway, Sangotedo Lagos.

She said that the accused, an ex-employee of Daily Mama Bread Industry broke into the bakery and stole 135 loaves of bread worth N30,000; and also stole N80,000 all valued at N110,000.

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The prosecutor told the court that Okoro, who was laid off after a shortage of N80,000 was discovered in his sales proceeds, absconded.

“He later came back, broke into the bakery and stole 135 loaves of bread of different size from the bakery and was caught by a security guard,” she said.

The offence, she said contravened the provisions of Sections 287 and 309 (1) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

If convicted under Section 287, the accused is liable to three years imprisonment while Section 309 (1) prescribes seven years imprisonment for anyone found guilty.

After the charges were read to him, Okoro, pleaded not guilty.

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The Chief Magistrate, Mr Tajudeen Elias, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100,000 with one surety in like sum.

Elias ordered that the surety must be a responsible citizen and gainfully employed.

He adjourned the case until November 27 for mention

118 Comments

  1. Even the dealer of the bread is heartless. Should have considered that he was hungry and that’s why he would want to steal bread to eat.

  2. Hungry ke,why don’t he take 1or two and maybe later when he have money he pay that’s how men reason ,I think maybe he want a better life

  3. Was he hunger driven. If he was he shouldn’t be sacked. He should be helped first even if he is to be punished

  4. This story just reminded of African china song that year. I hope the bakery will ask him to repay the money and then drop the charges against him. What he did cannot be justified, but i think his lawyer should probe him to find out why he stole loaves of bread and the 80k . That doesn’t mean what he did is justified but , they should temper justice with mercy .

  5. He is just too greedy, this is not hunger he want to be faster than his shawdow, then reck the bread industry, why will he steal such no matter what. He should face the penalty.

  6. this is one thing about Nigeria,just because of loaf of bread,please what will be the judgement of looters

  7. Is a serious thing oooo, crime of 110,000, to bail himself is 100,000
    this foolishness na. Let him learn from here.

  8. What he did cannot be justified,
    but i think his lawyer should probe him to find
    out why he stole loaves of bread and the 80k
    . That doesn’t mean what he did is justified
    but , they should temper justice with mercy,this is no longer a case of hunger.
    But the Magistrate is simply unreasonably
    harsh…….N100,000 bail condition for
    supposedly stolen goods worth N30,000 and
    N80,000 in cash.

  9. See what you got yourself into now .this is somthing else…maybe home problem…y steal a load of bread? I feel pity for him…

  10. I dont know if to call this one hungry or what??..135 different loaves of bread cant ne hungry na…or does he intent to sell it?

  11. Seriously looking at this issue the man stole the bread because he might have problem, but the owner of the bakery should have take his money back from his salary. Though what the man did is not good,anyway he should face his punishment

  12. Why going to steal even if he is so hungry? Isn’t it better to stand on the road and beg for your dearly bread that going to steal?well, maybe he would bell himself out now he had committed this crime

  13. He is a real criminal,stealing 80,000k and loaves of bread…..wow that’s huge….He should be punished

  14. This is more serious than i thought what was he thinking that he won’t be caught now see were his foolishness has lead him to.

  15. Stealing 135 loaves of bread and cash of 80,000 those not show he was hungry. I guess that was not his first time of this this.

  16. This man has no excuse but that he is a theif, if he was hungry he would have stolen 2loaves but for this one he has to pay

  17. Justice should be tampered with mercy cos in this case I don’t really see him as a real thief, maybe hunger may have pushed him into that act

  18. He should be punished for theft, how can he go and steal something that is not his. Let him face the law bikonu

  19. He should have put it all behind him after he was laid off. But he didn’t and now his quest for vengeance is going to cost him more. That’s just sad.

  20. I can’t see how hunger would push someone to steal that large number of bread. He stole, he stole..breaking and entering with former employer

  21. Hmmmm this is very bad of him,am sure he wants to start up something new with his life,now look at where it has ended him very bad

  22. This can’t be ignorance of law. Stealing is stealing . Stealing is against the law . I hope his punishment wouldn’t be that severe

  23. He should prosecuted, a thief is a thief,it doesn’t matter,if it is one slice of bread or not that he stole.poverty is not an excuse to steal

  24. Okoro, even pleaded not guilty o. You can imagine. He would have serve the 3yrs or 7yrs imprisonment instead of that 100k bail and a shorty. Anyways, the case is still on

  25. Stealing is in his blood how can they lay you off because of theft and yet he still went ahead and broke into the bakery he should face the law jaws we don’t want people like this in our environment

  26. This is teft and nothing else you cannot tell me that hunger made him steal that much bread, and even money, he should go to prison and serve his sentence

  27. Maybe its hunger that made him do so if not stealing bread haba, eyah they should pity him and release him please

  28. There is nothing more than hustling genuinely, stealing doesn’t help not pay anyone.
    He should be punished duely

  29. This is to much na,,, and you he might have been doing this for long time now, but everyday for the thief one day for the owner of the house

  30. Sending someone to prison for stealing bread is totally unfair. He may have done that bcoz of hunger. D economy of this nation is not helping matter.

  31. The factory owner has no good enough reason to send him to prison just for stealing bread.Can he boast of being a saint.I wonder why people have no conscience.There are other disciplinary measures pls.

  32. I don’t see the reason why people are wallowing in pity for this culprit, if he was hungry, couldn’t he have taken a loaf or two, there’s no justification for such robbery. He must be brought to book.

  33. I believe that man was hungry and has no courage of asking for food…they shoul jail the ones that needs to be jailed..

  34. I don’t blame him at all for stealing loaves of bread. It could be as a result of hunger or family issues that must have pushed him to stealing bread. Arresting him or prosecuting him won’t solve his problems. Let the company assist him and encourage him not to get involved in theft any longer.

  35. wallowing in pity for this culprit, if he was hungry, couldn’t he have taken a loaf or two, there’s no justification for such robbery. He must be brought to book.

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  36. People are too wicked the owners of the bakery are so heatless just because of breads they sent him to prison.

  37. What he did cannot be justified, but i think his lawyer should probe him to find out why he stole loaves of bread and the 80k . That doesn’t mean what he did is justified but , they should temper justice with mercy .

  38. The Governor Have More Work To Do, He Stole The Loaf Of Bread Because Of Hunger But He Shouldnt Have Stole The Money.

  39. It could be as a result of hunger..tamper justice with mercy…after all politicians looth funds without being punished

  40. That serves him better. I wander why our youth of nowadays are very lazy to struggle for their own sweat. It’s only laziness that leads to stealing.

  41. Nigeria judge can be very funny I hate the kind of judges they give when is the poor ,a loaf of bread thief jail but multi millionaire thief can be in tria for 20years till the case is expiremonly can can help the poor in this country I am sure hunger push him to steal bread

  42. What a shame,just because of breads and little money he just disgrace himself, let them punished him very well

  43. Why should he go to prison for just stealing bread while our politicians who are stealing millions are getting awards

  44. This one is going to jail no doubt about that. Having the gut to go back to where you have worked before to steal. Please no Mercy

  45. That Very Bad….. He Shouldnt Have Been Arrested, Not To Talk Of Imprison,
    he stole probably because he was hungry

  46. Everyday for thief and one day for the owner…the guy should work. The slogan “no food for lazy man” should be his watchword.

  47. You don’t arrest a person for stealing eatables. It is very wrong. But 135 loaves is out of this world. The guy get horse inside him stomach whe he want feed ? Haba !

  48. Too Bad sending a man to prison just because he stole bread.these are matter that should be examined.this man is hungry. what do u expect.please he deserves no punishment for this.

  49. 135 loaves… Haba..
    He shouldn’t have been given bail sled so he would remember that the time he is spending behind bars is the same one he would have used to do something productive.

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