A 47-year-old lady from Akwa Ibom State has been sentenced to ten years in prison for buying a six-year-old boy in the state capital of Uyo.
The convict, Gertrude Thompson Akpan, was said to have transferred the boy after buying him, to Owerri in Imo State where she sold him to one Kate Ojukwu Ogbonna, a native of Bende in Abia State for N200,000.
Justice Okon Okon of an Akwa Ibom State High Court in Uyo sentenced Gertrude Akpan, a mother of three children from Ikot Eyo village, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area of the state, without an option of fine yesterday.
The convict, who retired in 2015 as a Matron at the Immanuel Hospital in Eket, confessed that she had been in the business of selling and buying children since 2008.
Justice Okon in his judgment said: “apart from the confession of the convict, the evidence of the prosecution witness that she assisted the police in the recovery of the child victim from the buyer in Owerri, remained unchallenged and therefore accepted.”
The court further held that the evidence of the prosecution is that one Ubong Charles Ekwere had on May 12, 2018, abducted the six-year-old boy in the lawful custody of his grandmother and sold him to the convict, Gertrude Thompson Akpan, at the sum of N50,000, and Akpan in turn, sold the victim to Kate Ojukwu Ogbonna in Owerri at the sum of N200,000.
Justice Okon found Akpan“guilty of unlawful removal and transfer of the child victim from Akwa Ibom State to Owerri, Imo State.