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NSCDC nabs father attempting to sell his 2 daughters for N700,000

NSCDC nabs father attempting to sell his 2 daughters for N700,000
Written by Maritime First

… As Court jails man 2 yrs. Over unlawful possession of human head***

The  Akwa Ibom Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC)  has apprehended 40-year-old Elisha Effiong for attempting to sell his two daughters for N700, 000.

This is contained in a statement issued by the NSCDC Public Relations Officer, Mr Ukeme Umana, and made available to the newsmen in Uyo on Wednesday.

Umana said that the suspect was arrested through a tip-off by a private guard operative at Full Care Hospital on Ekpanya Street,  Uyo while trying to sell his two children, aged four and six years.

“The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has apprehended a man who attempted to sell his two children for N700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

“The suspect, Mr Elisha Edet Effiong (M) 40 years was apprehended at Full Care Hospital on Ekpanya Street, where he notified the security guard of his intention to sell his two children for N700  000 to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.

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“The private security notified the NSCDC and immediately the State Commandant, Abidemi Majekodunmi detailed personnel of the anti-human trafficking unit of the corps to swing into action.

“The suspect was apprehended on Nov. 15 at 13:15hours alongside his two daughters: Abasifreke Edet 6 years old and Rachael Edet, 4 years old.

“The suspect who resides, according to him in Adidikim in Cameroun confessed that the decision to sell the children was taken by him and his wife, who is still in Cameroun and was borne out of extreme hardship,” Umana said.

He said that preliminary investigations have been concluded and the case would be transferred to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for prosecution.

In the meantime, a Magistrates’ Court sitting in Iyaganku, Ibadan, on Wednesday sentenced one Saheed Olapade, 36, to two years imprisonment for unlawful possession of human head.

The newsmen report that the convict and another suspect, Saheed Olawale, 32, were earlier charged with two counts of conspiracy and unlawful possession.

The Senior Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi, found Olapade guilty after he pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful possession of a female human head.

Adetuyibi sentenced the convict to 24 months in the Abolongo correctional facility, Oyo Town, after reading the facts of the matter .

She said: “The convict is hereby sentenced to two years imprisonment to be served at the Abolongo correctional facility, Oyo Town.

“The convict pleaded guilty to the charges, and was found guilty as charged.

“He is to serve the term as deterent to others of his kind that humiliate the dead,” said Adetuyibi.

She, however, released the second defendant, Olawale, a commercial motorcyclist who pleaded not guilty to the offence of conspiracy.

He told the court that he did not know anything about the matter, saying the convict only flagged him down to take him to “somewhere” in Ibadan.

He said along the way, the police flagged them down for a routine ‘stop and search exercise, during which the convict was caught with the human head.

The Prosecutor, Folake Ewe, had told the court that the convict, on Nov.18, at about 2 a.m. in the Foko area of Ibadan, unlawfully had in his possession, one human head.

Ewe said: “The convict conspired with one other at large to exhume the dead body of a woman who was interred in the afternoon while Olapade went to cut off her head by 2 a.m.

“The convict was said to have run away with the head. He was caught by the police on a commercial motorcycle while trying to make away to an unknown destination.

“The convict, when arrested, could not give a satisfactory account of how he came about it to the police,” Ewe said.

She said the offence contravened Section 329A and 516 of the Criminal Code, Cap 38, Vol.II Laws of Oyo State, 2000.



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