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Thief Sentenced to Death for Stealing a Smartphone in Nigeria… He Needed Money to Feed His Family

Tope Abiodun was 18-years-old when he was imprisoned for stealing an Android LG smartphone valued at 87,000 NGN (£256)

Usually the stories I post out of Nigeria are weird and funny. But this one is downright sad, leaving me wishing there was something I could do to help him.

A kind, young, Nigerian man has been sentenced to death by hanging for stealing a smartphone.

Tope Abiodun, 23, has been in a Nigerian prison for four years after stealing an Android LG smartphone valued at 87,000 NGN ($274).

Tope claims he was planning to sell it to buy food for his younger siblings, according to an activist who is highlighting the case.

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