Lagos State Police Commissioner, CP Fatai Owoseni, on an impromptu visit to Agbowa Police Station, sees and releases a nursing mother detained for stealing plantain at the local market.
Report says that the commissioner was on an official duty of assessing and obtaining the result of work done by the police in some areas.
He was on his way to Itokin and other parts of Epe in order to checkmate the activities of kidnappers in the area.
The commissioner who had no prior intention of visiting Agbowa, thought it wise to see the work done so far by the division.
Commissioner CP Fatai Owosen looked through the cells to find out a nursing mother with her baby in there. He was made to understand that the young mother was detained because she stole plantains from the local market.
Owosen ordered for her release. He warned the woman not to let such repeat itself again. In addition to that he gave the frustrated woman the sum of N10, 000.
He recognized that the woman was driven to stealing because of hunger and hardship.
According to reports, the police boss and the Rapid Response Squad Commander, Olatunji Disu, an assistant commissioner of police were at Itokin as at the time of filing these reports.
Many Nigerians have commended and applauded Commissioner Fatai Owoseni for his compassion and thoughtfulness.
Acts like this are particularly striking as it has almost become a tendency to unleash harsh sentences and in some unfortunate cases, jungle justice on common people who most probably were driven to petty theft because of the economic frustrations in the country.
While there is no excuse for criminality, releasing the woman with a cash prize is indeed sensible and humane.
Nigeria, for one, has government officials who loot the treasury in billions and never get penalized for it.