By Sunmola Olowookere
Two women; Martha Ogboji and Nnomah Annaibe are currently standing trial before an Akure High Court judge, Justice Adeyemi Fasanmi, for stealing a child and selling her at the sum of N300,000 in Aba, Abia State.
They were brought before the court on two counts charge of conspiracy and child stealing.
The defendants along with others at large, allegedly stole one Blessing Adesina, a two-year-old girl on August 14, 2018 at about 9am at Omifon via Ore, in Odigbo local government area of Ondo State.
At the trial, mother of the stolen baby and first prosecution witness, Taiwo Adesina of 0mifon Area via Ore told the court that on August 14, at about 9am, her sister in-Iaw sent her daughter (Amina) on errand to buy biscuit and the young girl went with the missing child.
She narrated, “ I later traced the girls when they did not return on time, but I met Amina crying on the way. So, she described a certain woman who collected Blessing from her after she had trickishly sent her (Amina) to buy bread.
The mother stated that she raised an alarm and the matter was reported to the police who immediately swung into action.
Amina Olaniyan of Omifon area, also a witness testified that Blessing (victim) went with her to buy biscuit.
Her words, “On our way, one woman stopped us and asked me to buy bread for her and she took Blessing from me. When I returned back to the spot where we met the woman, she had disappeared with Blessing. I can identify the woman if I set my eyes on her.”
At the onset of trial before Justice Bode Adegbehinge, now at the Appeal Court, three women were originally arraigned before the court
The first woman, Patience Godswill had pleaded guilty to the charges preferred against them while the other women had entered a “not guilty” plea.
The then trial judge had instantly sentenced her to seven years imprisonment while trial commenced over the remaining two defendants.
The case was transferred to Justice Williams Olamide for trial at fresh and was adjourned till January 18, 2022.