Woman convicted for child trafficking, delivers in custody
A woman identified as Joy Friday-Jumbo, convicted by a Magistrate court in Port Harcourt for child trafficking, has delivered a baby girl inside the correctional facility.
Friday-Jumbo was sentenced yesterday by Chief Magistrate, Rita Oguguo, to four years imprisonment for conspiring with a man to steal an eight-month-old baby boy, on February 23, 2020 at Umuoke village in Aluu community in Ikwerre Local Council of Rivers State.
In her judgment, Chief Magistrate Oguguo, found Friday-Jumbo guilty of conspiracy and stealing of an eight months old baby after she was arraigned in court for stealing and conspiring with a man now at large to steal a baby boy, who is yet to be found, an offence punishable by the criminal law of the State.
Friday-Jumbo, who was later discovered to be pregnant, while on trial later delivered a baby girl, whom the court ordered to be retrieved from her and handed over to the Ministry of Social Welfare.
The Chief Magistrate said the court would only release the child to any reasonable member of her family, who can take care of the baby or she will remain in the custody of the Social Welfare pending the expiration of jail term.