A mother of three who said her children starved for four days was arrested for running away with three cups of rice without paying last Tuesday at Sabon Lugbe, Airport Road, Abuja.
Aso Chronicle gathered that the woman went to a shop and asked the shop owner, Mr. Christopher Chinedu, to sell three cups of rice to her and after she was given the rice, she ran away.
A witness, Mr Kelvin Nwachukwu, who spoke to our reporter said that the shop owner pursued her until she got to her house, then he went and reported to the police.
“When she was arrested and taken to the police station, she was asked why she refused to pay for the rice and she said that her three children had not eaten for four days and she had no hope of feeding them that day so she had to do what she did,” he said.
He added that the police took pity on her and pleaded with the shop owner to forgive her.
“The police released her after they paid the shop owner for the three cups of rice. They also contributed money and gave her a token to buy more food for her children,” Mr Nwachukwu added.
He said he is the woman’s neighbour and doesn’t know her to be a thief.
“She even gives food to neighbours when she has. I’m sure it is the harsh economic condition that led her to do what she did. More and more people are becoming desperate so the government has to wake up and revive the economy,” he added.