A 48-year-old woman, Akwaja Adaeze, has been arraigned by the Nigerian Police for allegedly kidnapping a minor and selling him off for N650,000.
The defendant, who is a trader and resides in Imo, had pleaded not guilty to the two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and kidnapping levelled against her, was arraigned in Wuse Zone 6 Magistrates’ Court in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.
Fedelix Egwube, the prosecutor, told the court that the Police Command in Imo had arrested one Pricilia Egole with a child suspected to have been abducted.
The prosecutor said that during police investigations, it was revealed that Adaeze kidnapped the minor along Zuba-Suleja Road in Abuja.
Egwube added that Adaeze allegedly took the minor to Imo without the consent of his parents and sold him to Egole for N650,000.
He also said that the police has released the victim to the parents after appropriate investigation.
According to Egwube, the offence contravened the provisions of Section 97 and 273 of the Penal Code.
The Counsel to the defendant, Jeojima Thompson, thereafter, filed an oral application seeking the court to admit his client to bail.
Thompson said the alleged offences were bailable, adding that his client would always be available to stand justice.
His words: “I assure the court that the defendant would not jump bail if admitted,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Magistrate Ahmad Ndajiwo granted bail to the defendant in the sum of N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.
The Magistrate said the sureties must reside within the court jurisdiction and adjourned the case until Nov. 13 for hearing.