A court in rivers state has sentenced a 32-year-old Blessing Stephen to 10 years in jail for conspiracy and child trafficking. The presiding Magistrate, Chief Magistrate Felicitas Amanze found Stephen guilty of a two-count charge bordering on conspiring to sell the one year and seven months old baby identified as Blessing Monday at the sum of N20,000.
She was arraigned alongside one Abigail Monday Udo and the mother of the trafficked baby who was also sentenced to a year of community service. Reports say the mother claimed to have been deceived into the deal as she showed great remorse during the hearing hence the court’s leniency.
However, Chief Magistrate Felicitas Amanze described Stephen as “an unrepentant and harden liar”, stating that the prosecution was able to prove that she deceived the first defendant to sell the baby, gave her N20,000, and never gave her the balance to date.
Chief Magistrate Amanze sentenced her to three years in count one and seven years in count two of the charges to be served consecutively filed against her by the police.
While speaking to reporters, the Counsel who represented the International Federation of Female Lawyers, FIDA, Rivers State Chapter, at the trial, Esther Achor Okorienta, commended the court for the judgment. According to her, the judgment will serve as a deterrent to child traffickers.