A young man who has been identified as Powei Cyril narrowly escaped banishment from Igbedi community in Kolokuma Opokuma local government area of Bayelsa state for stealing solar light battery.

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The suspect was nabbed carrying out the criminal act in the early hours of Tuesday at Royal Fm road, Agudama Epie by some vigilant members in the community.

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He was subsequently stripped down to his underwear, whipped with 50 strokes of cane and paraded around the community with a placard inscribed with his name and "profession".

According to a youth leader, Titus Asuevieme, the suspect wasn't banished because it was his first criminal offence.

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"This guy,Mr powei Cyril from igbedi community in kolokuma opokuma lga, residing in Agudama Epiewas caught stealing solar light battery in Royal Fm road Agudama Epie around 4:30Am he was given 50 strokes of the cane,he is not banished from the town cause this is he's first criminal case,he has been"

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