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Court remands 3 for alleged child trafficking in Port Harcourt

On Wednesday, a Magistrate Court in Port Harcourt remanded three suspects on three counts of conspiracy, theft, and attempted trafficking of a 5-year-old minor named Baba Musa. The charges stem from an incident that occurred earlier in the day.

Blessing Kelvin, Blessing Chima, and Chima Kanu are all named as possible suspects in the case.

According to the charges that were read out in court, the suspects were alleged to have conspired among themselves on the 11th of July, 2022, at Ibadan Water Front in Port Harcourt Township to steal and traffick the 5-year-old minor from the custody of the mother. The charges related to this incident were read out in court.

Blessing Kelvin, the first defendant, entered a guilty plea when the charges were read to him. However, Blessing Chima and Chima Kanu, the second and third defendants, respectively, entered not guilty pleas to the charges.

After then, their attorney made an application for their release on bond, which was contested by the prosecutor.

After hearing the argument, Chief Magistrate Rita Ogugua postponed the hearing of the facts and the sentencing of the first defendant until August 4, 2022. The first defendant has already pleaded guilty.

It is anticipated that the trials of the second and third defendants will also begin on the day that was adjourned previously.

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Baba Chima Kanu Ibadan Water Front Port Harcourt Port Harcourt Township


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