NIGERIA: Owner of illegal maternity home arraigned in court

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CourtA 40-YEAR-OLD woman, Gladys Ndu, has been arraigned before an Asaba Chief Magistrate’s court on a two-count charge of allegedly harbouring pregnant women in her house till after delivery with intent to sell their babies.

Prosecution in the two-count charge preferred against the accused stated that: “you Gladys Ndu and others now at large on the 19th day July 2012 at Oduke in the aforesaid magisterial district, did deal in children by haboruing pregnant women in your house till after delivery with intent to sell their babies and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 38 of the Children and Young Persons Law Cap C7 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State 2006.

“That you Gladys Ndu and others now at large on the 19th day July 2012 at Oduke in Asaba magisterial district, conspire among yourselves to commit felony to wit: dealing in children and thereby committed an offence punishable under section 516 of the Criminal Code Law Cap C21 Vol. 1 Laws of Delta State.

When the plea was taken, the accused pleaded not guilty and was granted bail in the sum N200,000 plus a surety who should be a civil servant not below level 12 by the trial Chief Magistrate,  Mr. Sylvester Ehikwe, while the case was adjourned to 15th of April 2013.

It will be recalled that Vanguard reported on Tuesday that the accused was arrested for allegedly running an illegal maternity centre at a camp in Oduke,

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