A magistrates’ court sitting in Umuahia has granted bail to 10 suspected child traffickers in the sum of N300,000.00 each with a surety in the same amount in the Abia State capital.
Delivering judgement, the magistrate, Mr Idika Kalu, who said one surety could stand for more than one suspect, ordered that a police officer or a bailiff should verify the residential addresses of the sureties.
Kalu, who stressed that the sureties must present two recent passport photographs and evidence of tax payment for two years, called on parties to the matter to brace up for a speedy trial of the case.
The suspects were arrested at a maternity home along Umule Road, Aba, Osisioma Ngwa Magisterial District, Osisioma local government area and are being prosecuted for allegedly buying and selling of children.
According to the prosecution, the offences are punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code, CAP 80, VOL 3 Laws of Abia State 2005 and Section 33(1) of Abia State Child’s Right Law 2006.
The suspects are Stella Ibe, 45; Happiness Uwana, 18; Oluomachi Kalu, 23; Mary John, 15; Blessing James, 17; Peace Mfon, 18; Precious Mayer, 19; Blessing Onwe, 20; Daniela Tonye, 23; and Onyinyechi Buchi, 24.
In another development, a 22-year-old man, Onuh Derrick Jideaku, has been arraigned in the court for conspiracy with others at large to commit felony.
They were said to have assaulted one Miss Precious Osisiogu, a crime which is punishable under Sections 516, 355, 351, and 260 all of the Criminal Code CAP 80, VOL. 3 Laws of Abia State, Nigeria 2005.