A child trafficking suspect identified as Blessing Stephen has been sentenced to 10-year imprisonment for selling a 19-month-old baby for N200,000.
Stephen appeared before a Magistrate’s Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on two counts bothering on conspiracy and child trafficking, according to The PUNCH.
The prosecution proved she deceived the child’s mother, Abigail Monday, to sell her baby and gave her 10 per cent (N20,000) of the money gotten from the sale, according to the Chief Magistrate, Felicitas Amanze.
While passing the judgement, the chief magistrate described Stephen as unrepentant and hardened, before handing her a three-year sentence on count one and seven years on count two.
Meanwhile, the baby's mother was ordered to report herself to the court three times a week to sweep and dust the furniture in the courtroom for one year.
Reacting after the judgement, a legal officer representing the International Federation of Women Lawyers, Esther Okorienta, expressed satisfaction with the magistrate's ruling.
She said, “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.”