Abuja - A stepmother and two teachers are set to hang for the murder of a two-year-old girl in Edo State, Punch reports.
The stepmother, identified as Betty Stephen, has been arraigned along with her accomplices, Johnson Ogbeide and Nancy Aiwuyor, after being found guilty of conspiracy and murder.
The trio, residents of the Orhionmwon LGA of the state, are alleged to have conspired to use the child for ritual purposes after Stephen sold her off to Aiwuyor at a fee of N1.5 million.
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It is alleged that the child had nine of her fingers cut off following the sale, with her hair being shaved for ritual purposes soon after.
Although the child's death has never been confirmed, prosecutors at the Abudu High Court held that it was safe to assume that the victim was dead given that she has been missing for seven years since her abduction, Premium Times reports.
“In the instant case, Exhibits B to D, coupled with the evidence of the prosecution witnesses and, in particular, the confessional statement of the DW2 (defence witness) on how the ritual was to be performed and the disposal of the remains, all support the proof of the prosecution’s case that the victim is dead,” presiding Justice Imadegbelo stated.
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