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Woman Gets 10-year Jail Term For Child Trafficking

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Woman Gets 10-year Jail Term For Child Trafficking

After being found guilty of conspiracy and child trafficking by a Magistrates’ Court in Port Harcourt, a 32 year-old woman, Blessing Stephen has been sentenced to a 10- year imprisonment.

The presiding Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Felicitas Amanze found Stephen guilty of two-count charge bordering on conspiring to sell the one-year and seven-month-old baby identified as Blessing Monday at the sum of N20,000.

She was arraigned alongside one Abigail Monday Udo and mother of the trafficked baby who was also asked by the court to report three times a week to sweep and dust the furniture in the court room for one year.

The magistrate said the court was lenient with the mother for showing remorse throughout the trial and for the fact that she was deceived to sell her child.

But Chief Magistrate Felicitas Amanze, described Stephen as “an unrepentant and hardened liar”, stating that the prosecution was able to prove that she actually deceived the first defendant to sell the baby, gave her N20,000 and never gave her the balance till date.

Chief Magistrate Amanze sentenced her to three years in count one and seven years in count two of the charges filed against her by the police.

The sentences are to run consecutively.

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Speaking to journalists, the counsel who represented International Federation of Female Lawyers, FIDA,Rivers State Chapter, at the trial, Esther Achor Okorienta, commended the court for the judgment.

According to her, the judgment will serve as a deterrent to child traffickers and those who are bent on continuing in the business of human trafficking.

 

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How Five-year-old Pupil Drowned During Swimming Training

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How Five-year-old Pupil Drowned During Swimming Training

Chidera Eze, a five-year-old pupil of the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School, Ogba, Lagos State, has drowned during a swimming training held by the school.

It was learnt that some teachers and caregivers of the school took Chidera and his colleagues for the swimming lesson at the Ivory Health Club, Ogundana Street, Ikeja.

During the training, Chidera and his colleagues were said to be playing at the tip of the pool when he slipped into it.

His father, Anthony, said the teachers, caregivers and lifeguards were not aware that his son had fallen into the pool until he drowned.

He said, “I dropped my children at the Redeemers Nursery and Primary School on Acme Road, Ogba, on Monday morning, and I went to work. At 10:52 a.m., I got a call from their head teacher, Mrs Adeola Oladipo, and she told me that my son was involved in an accident and that he had been rushed to the Ikeja Medical Centre.

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“I rushed down there, but what I saw was the lifeless body of my son. I asked the head teacher what happened and she said she did not know. I asked the doctor what happened and he said he was brought in dead. I asked the teachers, caregivers and workers at the club what happened and they gave no explanation.

“As I was crying, my wife came in; I was trying to manage the information, but the head teacher also informed her and as she ran into the hospital, I became totally confused. I went to the Area F Police Station and after the policemen took pictures of my son’s corpse, we went to the club.

“When we got there, we discovered that it was the adult swimming pool section that they took the pupils to. I was alarmed and while the policemen were investigating, we realised that a CCTV was installed at the club. So, we demanded to check the CCTV footage and it revealed everything.”

Anthony claimed that the footage revealed that his son was in the pool for over 30 minutes before he died, adding that his son’s corpse was discovered by another person, who came to swim in the pool.

He said, “In the footage, we saw that the school brought more than 15 children, took them to the adult side of the swimming pool and made them sit at the tip with their legs in the water and without wearing any kits. We saw only one caregiver in the video and she was just going in and coming out, leaving the children unmanned.

“My son was at the tail end of the line when he slipped into the pool the first time but he was able to bring himself out of the pool. But the second time he slipped into the water, he could not come out. All these happened and none of the teachers, caregivers, and lifeguards took notice of what was happening.

“My son was under the water for over 30 minutes and we were all shouting as we watched the video. Another pupil also fell into the water, but her colleagues raised the alarm and they pulled her out and while this was going on, nobody noticed my son was inside the water.

“My son died because of the recklessness of these people who were supposed to take care of him. I want justice to forestall this kind of thing happening again. The caregivers, lifeguards, school management and the Ivory Health Club can’t go unpunished. My son’s corpse has been deposited in the morgue.”

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Calls made to Oladipo for a reaction were unanswered. She had yet to respond to a text message sent to her mobile number as of the time this report was filed.

The spokesperson for the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Olaitan Olubiyi, did not take his calls and had yet to respond to a text message sent to his mobile number as of press time.

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Benjamin Hundeyin, said some members of staff of the school and the club had been arrested.

“A thorough investigation into the circumstances that led to the drowning of the boy is ongoing,” he added.

 

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Man Arrested For Killing Girlfriend For Money Rituals

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Police Declare 12 Wanted Over Attacks On Awka Council

The police have arrested one Ifeanyi Njoku for allegedly killing his girlfriend, Precious Okeke, 24, in an estate at Badore, in the Ajah area of Lagos State.

It was learnt that the live-in lovers stayed on Oke Street, where Njoku allegedly killed his girlfriend for ritual purposes.

It was learnt that a native doctor, who was assisting the suspect, instructed him to have sex with Okeke’s corpse.

Njoku  was said to have engaged in the illicit act with the corpse for six days, as the stench emanating from his apartment prompted his neighbours to inform the management of the estate.

A source, Elizabeth John, said during a search of the apartment, Okeke’s decomposing corpse was found.

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Police Arrest Mother, Son For Killing Sibling For Money Rituals

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Police Arrest Mother, Son For Killing Sibling For Money Rituals

The police have arrested a Lagos resident Afeez Olalere 32, and his mother for killing his kid brother for money rituals.

According to Afeez, his mother had encouraged him to kill his kid brother for money rituals.

He made the confession when he was arrested saying “my mother took me to an herbalist who told me if i want to be successful in the yahoo business I will have to sacrifice one life and that person must be a sibling to me.

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“The things he would need to prepare a concoction with were his thumbs, his hair, fingers and a passport photograph.

“So, we went back home and thought about it, then my mother suggested that we use my younger brother since he is just 21years old.

“She also brought the poison which we gave him to eat. He died within 20 minutes after consuming the food. I was the one who cut out the body parts needed. We then wrapped his dead body and headed to the mortuary”.

The suspects were caught during a search operation along Itamaga, Ikorodu Road in Lagos.

 

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