Court jails Carpenter for stealing N250, he could not afford to pay a fine of N2,500

According to reports, an Osun State Magistrates’ Court has sentenced a 26-year-old carpenter Ismaila Alani, to three months imprisonment for stealing a sum of N250.

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The magistrate, Mr. Olusola Aluko, while delivering the judgment on Tuesday ordered that Alani should spend the next three months at Ilesa Prison or pay a fine of N2,500.

The convict could not pay the fine and he was taken prison.

The prosecutor, Elisha Olusegun, had told the court that Alani snatched a purse from Mrs. Sanusi Odunola and stole the money from there. The prosecutor added that the act caused a public disturbance.

The prosecutor told the court that the two offences of stealing and causing of disturbance of the public peace were contrary to and punishable under Section 390 (9) of the Criminal Code, Cap. 34, Vol. II, Laws of Osun State of Nigeria.

Alani pleaded guilty to the two counts and begged for clemency while promising not to get himself involved in any criminal act again.



  1. They jail someone who stole #250 so quick while those that stole #2.1bn are still on the loose. I think magistrate court should attend to this matter instead of supreme court. #joking

  2. With so many people still awaiting trials and some for upward of 3yrs, you mean this prosecutor and the judge had the time to preside over a N250 case? Simply incredible.

  3. To me i see nothing hear but a sign of partiality in the way our lawyers in this country judge cos if some one could steal 250 and u fine him 2500, where will get such money from then to pay

  4. Madness!!! its the fault of the Mad Governor governing Osun State at Present. A lot of drop out student in Osun state now due to lack of fund. A government owing his civil servant more than 4/5 month salary in a civil service state. how will the masses get there own share of government when money is not in circulation. i know alot of salary earner on level 10 and above right now in Osun State that doesn’t have 1000 at hand right now and their governor is constructing buildings without caring for the well being of the people.

    whoever that Stealing 250 is not a thief, that’s why sharia is better. because if its sharia they have to pardon him and try to understand his problem and the government of the day will try to assist him out.

    Aregbesola don run out of idea in governing that state.

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