- Chineye Nwako is the seller of the baby while Happiness Bini is the buyer
- They told court that they are not guilty
- The case continues February 3, 2020, for hearing
A lady, Chineye Nwako, who sold a day old baby for N300, 000 has been arrested by the Police and arraigned before the Lagos State Magistrates’ Court sitting in Ikeja.
The buyer of the baby Happiness Bini was also arrested, both were charged on three counts of conspiracy, child trafficking and unlawful adoption.
The suspects committed the offences on October 4, 2019, around 10pm on Oki Lane, Sari Iganmu, Lagos.
They pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The buyer was caught based on the information made available to the police by her neigbhours that she was in possession of a baby suspected to have been stolen.
According to the prosecutor, Ezekiel Ayorinde, the offences contravene sections 269, 276 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (revised).
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs B. O. Osunsanmi, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 with two sureties each in like sum.
The Magistrate ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed and show evidence of two years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government and adjourned the case till February 3, 2020, for hearing.
Selling of babies is a new form of crime which is rampant in Nigeria among young ladies.