A human trafficker, Patience Godswill bagged seven years jail sentence, for stealing and selling a two-year-old girl, Blessing, in Omifon town, in Odigbo Local Government Area of the state.
The mother of the victim, Taiwo Adesina revealed that her daughter was stolen on August 14, 2018, at Omifon, saying she was taken out by her sister-in-law’s daughter, identified as Amina, to buy biscuit, when she got missing.
She told an Ondo State High Court;
“I later traced the girls when they did not return on time; but I met Amina crying on the way. She said a certain woman collected Blessing from her after the strange woman had sent her (Amina) to buy bread. I immediately raised the alarm and the matter was reported to the police.”
Also testifying in court, Amina said she left Blessing with the strange woman who sent her to buy bread.
“When I returned to the spot where we met the woman, she had disappeared with Blessing. I can identify the woman if I set my eyes on her.”
The convict and two other women, Martha Ogboji and Nnomah Annaibe, who were arrested and charged with stealing Blessing in Ondo State and selling her to a woman in Abia State for N300,000, were arraigned on two counts of conspiracy and child stealing.
Godswill was sentenced after pleading guilty to the two counts preferred against her while two defendants who pleaded “not guilty”, has been transferred to Justice Olamide Williams of the same High Court who has now adjourned the case till January 18, 2022 for continuation of trial.