A Port Harcourt, Rivers State Magistrate’s Court , has sentenced one Miss Blessing Stephen, to 10 years in prison, after she was found guilty of selling a 19-month-old Baby For ₦200,000.
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Chief Magistrate of the court, Felicitas Amanze, described the suspect as unrepentant and hardened, while ruling her case, noting that the prosecution proved the suspect deceived Abigail Monday, (mother of the sold baby) to sell her child for ₦200,000, and gave her ₦20,000.
She was then sentenced to three years on count one and seven years on count two. The sentences, according to the chief magistrate, will run consecutively.
The court also directed that the child’s mother, Monday, report herself to the court three times a week to sweep and dust the furniture in the courtroom for one year, as he punishment.
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Addressing journalists after the court judgement, a legal officer representing the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Esther Okorienta, said the judgement would serve as a deterrent to child traffickers.
“We are delighted with the judgement of the court. We also noted with dismay the arrogance of the second defendant. She was not even remorseful after the judgement.
We are happy that she was sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment. The rate of child trafficking in the country is alarming.”