- Popular Ghanaian charity organization, Crime Check Foundation, found a young man who went to jail after stealing rice to eat
- In a video interview, the gentleman said this happened because he was hungry and had no one to turn to
- YEN.com.gh has compiled a few thoughts Ghanaians shared about the rather heartbreaking development
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A young man in Ghana has revealed that he was imprisoned because he committed a petty theft of stealing rice from a rice cooker when he was extremely hungry.
Speaking to Crime Check Foundation, a popular Ghanaian charity organization that has been helping prisoners, the gentleman whose name is withheld expressed remorse over his action.
Explaining how it happened, he said:
"I had come to a new location where I knew nobody. I was extremely hungry and decided to enter someone's kitchen to find some food. When I took the rice cooker and was about to dish out a portion, I was caught and arrested."
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Beyond the arrest
After he was convicted and put in cells, the young man shortly lost his father which made it impossible for any of his family members to come to his aid.
He was subsequently arraigned before court and found guilty on the charge of attempting to steal, although the rice was not specifically mentioned on his file.
Ibrahim Oppong Kwarteng, the leader of Crime Check Foundation who interviewed the gentleman mentioned that provisions must be made not to imprison petty criminals.
Popular social media comments
Below were what some had to say about this:
This is why I don't support churches building prison centers though it might be their direction. If Work opportunities are given,such act wouldn't have happened.
Not even rice cooker ooo,, he was hungry and wanted to tear the rice some and chop wey dem barb am this no be jail matter aahh
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In a more heartwarming story, Goodness Adeosun, a beautiful young lady identified on Twitter with the handle @GoodnessAdeosun and on Instagram as @gudie_designs is a known shoemaker.
However, the young lady has confirmed on her Twitter account that she is also a medical student who runs the shoemaking venture to support herself.
In a recent video she shared, the lady captured the entire process that she goes through to make shoes right from the beginning to end under her brand, Gudie.
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