The police in Lagos on Wednesday, September 13, arraigned two pastors, Dorothy Ekutosi, 51, and Asekameh Victor, 27, who allegedly stole a 2-year-old girl in a market before an Ikeja chief magistrates court.
The accused, whose addresses were not provided, are standing trial on a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), the prosecutor, Inspector Clifford Ogu, told the court that the accused persons committed the offences on August 29 at the Abule market area of Ajao Estate in the state.
He said the accused conspired and stole the child in the market, without the knowledge of the mother, who was a trader.
“The duo were caught with the help of her mother’s neighbour in the market, who intercepted the child, while they were taking her away to an unknown destination,’’ the prosecutor said.
According to him, the offences contravened Sections 287 and 409 of the criminal law of Lagos state, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded “not guilty’’ to the charge.
The chief magistrate, Taiwo Akanni, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of N100, 000 each, with two sureties in like sum.
Akanni said the sureties, who should be relations of the accused, should also show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos state government.
She adjourned the case until Sept. 20, for mention.
In another report, a female corp member who escaped being used for ritual because of her deformity has narrated her ordeal.
According to her, she boarded a bus on her way to her primary assignment around 5.00am on a Thursday morning.
The young lady explained that after boarding the bus she noticed that the conductor refused to pick up other people.
After a few minutes inside the bus, she said someone grabbed her and covered her eyes and mouth with a cloth.
She noted that she immediately started pleading with them to spare her life. In her post, she explained that when one of the kidnappers saw her hand he started talking to someone who asked them to take off her blindfold.
The man who seemed to be the boss asked her to tell him how she became deformed. She said she revealed to him that she was born that way.
According to her, the boss told the others to clean her eyes and let her go.