by Damilola Agekameh
Oluwatoyin Taiwo of the Special Offences Court Ikeja, Lagos on Tuesday,
February 18, 2020, ordered the remand in Correctional Service of two women,
Mercy Samson and Stella Madueke, who allegedly kidnapped and sold a
three-year-old baby (name withheld) for the price of N650,000.
The defendants were arraigned on five counts bordering on conspiracy, kidnapping and obtaining money by false pretences.
The Police Prosecutor, Joseph Eboseremen, alleged that the two women kidnapped a three-year-old baby during church service at Mountain of Fire and Prayer Ministries Church, in Agege area of Lagos and sold her to one Chikordi at the sum of N650,000.
It was gathered that the defendants were said to have fraudulently obtained the sum of N700,000 from one Magus Nwaigbo on the pretence of adopting a baby from an orphanage.
“On March 24, 2019 at Igando area of Lagos, the defendants did obtain the sum of N700,000 from one Magnus Nwaigbo under the pretence that they have a girl from the Holy Infant Orphanage home meant for adoption. This was a presentation they knew to be false,” the prosecutor said. Their offences are punishable under Section 2 and 3 of the Kidnapping Prohibition Laws of Lagos State 2017. The duo, however, pleaded not guilty to all charges. Justice Taiwo then,ordered the remand of the defendants at the Correctional Service custody and adjourned trial to March 18, 2020.