On Friday, a Yaba trial court in Lagos withdrew two fishermen who allegedly kidnapped a two-year-old boy with the intention of using him for a money ritual.
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that the defendants, According to Olabisi, 40, and Felix Omoyi, 44, who face charges of conspiracy and theft of children on two charges, pleaded guilty to the charges.
Chief Magistrate K.B. Ayeye, accordingly, ordered the duo to remain at the Ikoyi Custody Center in Lagos, pending a review of the facts of the case and the sentence. Ayeye postponed the case until March 3, 2020.
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that the Prosecutor, ASP. Thomas Nurudeen told the court that the defendants committed the crimes on December 1, in the village of Imosiri in Ibeju-Lekki, near Lagos.
According to him, the defendants, who are relatives of the two-year-old boy, robbed him of his parents’ house and hid him in a forest with the intention of using him for a money ritual to pay off his debts. He said the second defendant, Omoyi, confessed the crime after the boy had stayed in the forest for three days without food or water.
Nurudeen told the court that the police were contacted and a search was organized that led to the discovery of the boy, tied deep in the forest.The crimes, said the prosecutor, contravene Sections 411 and 277 (1) of the Criminal Laws of the State of Lagos, 2015.
Latest nigeria newspaper reports that Section 277 (1) stipulates 14 years in prison for the crime of theft of children, while Section 411 has been imprisoned for two years.