The police on Tuesday arraigned Mercy Sampson and Stella Madueke before an Ebute Meta Chief Magistrates’ Court, Lagos, for allegedly kidnapping a three-year-old girl from a church. Sampson and Madueke are charged with conspiracy, forgery, pretense, kidnapping and stealing.
The Police Prosecutor, Insp. Chinalu Uwadione, told the court that the defendants committed the offence sometime in April at Igando Area, a Lagos suburb. He alleged that the defendants conspired to steal a three-year-old within the premises of Mountain of Fire and Prayer Ministries on March 3.
The prosecution told the court that the child had since been united with her parents. He also told the court that the defendants defrauded one Mr. Magnus Nwaigbo of N650,000 under the pretext that they would help him adopt a child legally from the Holy Infant Orphanage. Uwadione told the court that the defendants forged a letter on the letterhead of the orphanage and presented it to Nwaigbo in a bid to defraud him and present a stolen child to him.
After the charge was read to them, they pleaded not guilty. The Chief Magistrate, Mrs. Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N1m each with two sureties each in like sum and adjourned the case to July 8, for mention.
Source (Daily Trust, Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019.)