A Nigerian Investigative journalist, Fejiro Oliver, has decided to forgive a group of young men who allegedly stole $15,000 (N8.7 million) from him.
It was reported earlier that five suspects broke into his apartment in Lekki, Lagos state and stole $15k from his traveling bag.
Fejiro, in a post on his Facebook page narrated how they fled to Benue state where they were tracked down leading to the arrest of three.
The 3 suspects were arraigned before a Lagos court but amid the ongoing trial, the journalist said he is dropping all charges against them.
He recounted being jailed while fighting against corruption in the past and said he doesn’t want the young men to go through the same experience.
He further revealed that he will empower them by setting up a petty business or find a way to see that they are employed.
Fejiro wrote; “$15,000 theft… Letting Go
I have seen the four walls of the prison in the North and South while fighting the government and corruption.
I have been behind bars.
I have slept in the dreaded Alagbon cell.
All not for crime committed but fighting for humanity
My $15,000 was stolen by five boys and I spent over N2M to get three tracked and arrested from Benue to Lagos State.
They have been cooling in prison since
But they are young
They can reinvent their life for good
They can be better for the society
When I keep them there, my heart still pricks
They have done wrong. They erred.
They have apologised
$15,000 is N8.7 million but not life taken
Nigeria is hard but not enough to steal from another man
I could see the pains in their eyes yesterday in court.
I saw regrets in their soul as they watched proceedings in the dock
I’m human. I have a heart.
My daughter want them out.
I also want them out without the conviction stain
No man should stay in prison and it shouldn’t be teenagers unless they murder, rape or commit heinous crime
I will be letting go
I will meet with them
I will also set them up in petty business or find a way to get them gainfully employed
They deserve a new lease of life
Freedom is the first need of man and if I fight for it, I should prove it though painfully
I let go.”
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