Two women sentenced to 12 years in prison for child trafficking in Rivers | The Guardian Nigeria News

A Magistrate’s Court sitting in Port Harcourt yesterday sentenced two women, identified as Chinaza Smart and Amarachi Ahukanna, to 12 years in prison for conspiracy and child trafficking.

The women, whose ages range from 21 to 28, were convicted of conspiring to sell two-year-old Daniel Smart, the second son of the first defendant (Chinaza Smart), for the sum of N400,000 to a woman in Ihiala in Anambra State simply identified as Precious, who is now on the run.

Chief Magistrate Felicitas Amanze, in her verdict, condemned the women for committing a heinous crime against an innocent child, whose whereabouts are still unknown.

The court found that the 2nd defendant (Amarachi Ahukanna), who had introduced the 1st defendant to child trafficking, had lied to the court saying that she had not sold her son.

The Chief Magistrate has ruled that the 2nd defendant is a chronic and unrepentant child trafficker.

Chief Magistrate Amanze sentenced the two defendants to five years on the first count and seven years on two counts, to be executed consecutively.

Reacting, International Federation of Women Lawyers (FIDA) Rivers State Legal Officer Esther Achor-Korienta congratulated the Chief Magistrate on the judgment, noting that FIDA has been following the case from the beginning.

She said the federation was happy with the judgment as the organization stands ready to ensure child trafficking stops in the state.

She said: ‘The parties were sentenced to years in prison, five years for conspiracy and seven years for child trafficking. “We are so pleased with the court’s judgment and hope it will have a chilling effect on others.”

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