The man, identified as Kaduna Enatimi, was said to be an indigene of Akassa community, Brass Local Government Area of the state.
AdvertisementsThe suspect was said to have been nabbed at about 2am while he was consuming the stolen food at a local shop in the area.
According to report after been caught, the suspect claimed that hunger and economic hardship in the state compelled him to steal the food.
It was learnt that when the matter was reported to the Ruler of the Area, the monarch asked them to parade the food items thief.
The monarch reportedly insisted that the man should be taken round the community with the stolen items to act as a deterrent to others.
The traditional ruler, was said to have considered the excuse of hunger as weak, ordered the vigilantes to release him after the parade.
The suspect was forced to eat the stolen items in the presence of the indigenes of Igbogene but was allowed to go with the stolen items.