Saturday, March 22, 2014

Barren Housewife To Spend Five Years In Jail For Kidnapping 21-Day Old Baby

A housewife, Khadijat Ifeoluwa Ajisefini, has been sentenced to five years imprisonment without an option of fine by an Osogbo Magistrate Court for kidnapping a 21 day-old baby in Osogbo, Osun State. The presiding judge, Chief Magistrate Muhammad Lasisi, said the prosecution had proved the case beyond any reasonable doubt.

According to the judge, apart from the evidences tendered before the court, the oral and confessional statements made by the convict proved to the court that she really committed the offence.

The judge said: “She made statement to the police, which was not only confessional, but full of the gist on how the whole thing happened. And this has proved to the court that she committed the offence.”

Ajisefini was tried on twocount charge of conducting herself in manner likely to cause a breach of peace and stealing of a baby by trick. When the convict was arraigned on January 23, 2014, Police Prosecutor, Fagboyinbo Abiodun, told the court that the convict forcefully collected a baby, named Emmanuel Oluwasegun, from his mother, Jemilat Oluwasegun.

Abiodun added that the convict collected the baby from his mother in a deceitful manner, and took to her heels at Ilobu, before the police apprehended her.

He said the offence was contrary to and punishable under Section 249 (9) and 371 of the Criminal Code Cap 34, Vol. 11 Laws of Osun, 2003. The convict, who committed the offence on January 20, 2014 at about 6:00, opposite Osogbo Grammar School area of Osogbo, does not have a child since she got married some years ago.

Pleading for leniency, the defence counsel, Barrister Musleemat Nagode, said that the convict required more counseling because she is barren and need to be living in the midst of the people rather than in isolation, adding that the convict has learnt her lessons.

Chief Magistrate Lasisi discharged the convict on the first-count charge and sentenced her to five years imprisonment on the second charge without an option of fine.