A magistrate court sitting in Port Harcourt has sentenced two women, Ada Ebere Ogbonna and Favour Godwin to 10 years and 15 years imprisonments respectively on a three count charges bordering on conspiracy, stealing and child trafficking.
The two women, including the third defendant, Kodirichi Nwankwo escaped jail sentence, and was pardoned for showing remorse throughout her time in prison.
The women had allegedly abducted and sold and a four-year old boy Uwana Emmanuel at Igbo-Etche in 2018.
Delivering judgement Chief Magistrate Amaka Amanze, convicted Favour Godwin who is the 1st Defendant in the case to fifteen years imprisonment on count one to three, to run concurrently, while the 3rd Defendant Ada Ogbonna Ebere was sentenced to ten years on count four with hard labour, which will run consecutively.
Justice Amaka Amanze also discharged and acquitted the 2nd Defendant Kodirichi Nwankwo, who gave birth to a baby boy while in Port Harcourt prison during the case trial. The magistrate said the court had pity on her little boy who is two year old, noting that the court would not further inflict pains on the innocent child for the crime committed by the mother who has been remorseful all through the trial.
The judgement further mandated the 2nd Defendant Kodirichi Nwankwo to sign an undertaking to be of good behavior and to report to court every month with the baby ”She said she is mindful of sending Nwankwo back to the correctional center because of the almost four-year old child she since delivered in prison custody while the case lasted”
Counsel to FIDA Rivers, Esther Achor-Korienta, said the judgement is well deserved and hopes that it will server as a deterrent to others who are involved in child stealing and trafficking. she also noted that child stealing and trafficking are on the increase and urged women to be on the watch out .