Woman Jailed 5 Years for Child Stealing


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Mrs. Uzoamaka Aleke was on Tuesday arraigned by Ebonyi State Police command for allegedly involving in child stealing and conspiracy in the state.

The suspect was alleged to have stolen two children, one Thadius Nwonu, ‘M’, 4-year-old ; and Chinaza Nwonu, ‘F’, 5-year-old respectively.

The kids, said to be siblings, were allegedly stolen by the suspect, at Iga-Ishieke community, in the Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state, on April 7, 2019.

Correspondent Reports that the suspect was arraigned before the Magistrate’s Court, sitting in Abakaliki, on two counts bothering on Child Stealing and Conspiracy.

Police Prosecutor, Eze Mathias, told the court that the offences were punishable under section 516A(a) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009 and sections 33(1) 3 of Ebonyi State Child Right and Related Matters Law, 2010.

“That you Uzoamaka Aleke ‘F’ and others now at large on the 7th day of April, 2019, at Iga Ishieke, Ebonyi Local Government Area of the state, within the jurisdiction of this Honourable Court did conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit, Child Stealing and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516A(a) of the Criminal Code Cap. 33, Vol. 1, Laws of Ebonyi State of Nigeria, 2009.”

“That you Uzoamaka Aleke ‘F’and others now at large on the same date, time and place in the aforesaid Magisterial District did unlawfully steal one Thadius Nwonu ‘M’, aged 4yrs and Chinaza Nwonu ‘F’, aged 5yrs, without the consent of their parents and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 33(1) contrary to section (3) of Ebonyi State Child Right and Related Matters Law, 2010.”

The Chief Magistrate, Nnenna Onuoha, said the suspect committed a grievous offence against humanity and sentenced her to four years imprisonment, with hard labour, without an option of fine.


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