Woman 26, Docked Over Alleged Child Trafficking

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Children pray before lunch time in a orphanage used  by U.N. children's agency UNICEF for Haitian children separated from parents after the Jan. 12 earthquake in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010.  UNICEF has brought eight children since the quake, the orphanage had 12 before, with five more on the way, a tiny fraction of those in need.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)
Children pray before lunch time in a orphanage used by U.N. children’s agency UNICEF for Haitian children separated from parents after the Jan. 12 earthquake in the outskirts of Port-au-Prince, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010. UNICEF has brought eight children since the quake, the orphanage had 12 before, with five more on the way, a tiny fraction of those in need.(AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

A 26year old woman, Mrs. Chinyere Okoro has been arraigned before a Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Obingwa LGA of Abia state over alleged child trafficking.

247ureports.com gathered that Okoro, among others now at large, in May 2013 at No. 5 Okigwe road Aba allegedly abducted and unlawfully sold one master Chidubem Okoro at the cost of N200, 000 to an Abuja based woman.

A source said that the accused on interrogation admitted that she got N20, 000 from the sale of the one year, nine months old Chidubem.

The source who added that a member of the gang, Isaac Macaulay had already been convicted by the same court, told 247ureports.com that the accused who has been hiding was later arrested by team of Policemen from the Aba Area Command.

It was further gathered that the baby’s mother, Odinaka Okoro after suspecting foul play over the sudden disappearance of her son (Chidubem) by one Anthony and Isaac Macaulay, now in jail reported the matter to the police who commenced investigation into the matter.

Police prosecutor, Inspector Barth Ukachukwu told the court that the offences Chinyere Okoro committed, contravened Section 51(6A) of the Criminal Code Cap. 80 Vol.3, Laws of Abia State of Nigeria 2005 and Section 30(1) and (3) of the Child Right’s Act 2003 Laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as applicable in Abia State. The accused pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The presiding Magistrate, Victor Nzota however, granted her bail in the sum of N100, 000 with a surety in the like sum who must be resident within the jurisdiction of the court.


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