Makurdi - A Makurdi Magistrates’ Court in Benue on Wednesday remanded in prison custody five persons charged with abducting a pregnant woman and selling a two-week-old baby.
The accused persons - Mbakenger Dooga, Mbahiden Mishe, Ordue Tarpav, Mbahinen Jerjira and Ivereen Iornyar, all residents of Gboko, are facing a two-count charge of criminal conspiracy and abduction.
The court did not, however, take the pleas of the accused because it lacked jurisdiction to hear the case.
The Magistrate, Lillian Tsumba, ordered that the accused persons be remanded at Federal Prison in Makurdi, and adjourned the matter till October 22 for further mention.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Inspector James Zungwe, told the court that on September 4, Mwuese Anum reported at the 'B' Division Police Station that her 20-year-old pregnant daughter, Mercy, had been missing since June.
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Zungwe said that the complainant stated that all efforts to find her daughter proved abortive.
The prosecutor said that Anum later received information that it was one Veronica Yange, now at large, that conspired with others to forcefully take her pregnant daughter to Enugu.
He said that the complainant alleged that the kidnappers' intention was to sell the baby born by her daughter.
Zungwe said that the case was later transferred to the state Criminal Investigation Department on SeptEMBER 7 and later arrested the accused persons.
He said that Yange, the gang leader, and one Ana Beeior, however, evaded arrest and are still at large.
The prosecutor said that the offences committed contravened Sections 97 and 274 of the Penal Code Laws of Benue State, 2004.