A High Court in Akwa Ibom State has sentenced a mother of three, Mary Effiong to 28 years imprisonment for stealing two children.
It was gathered that Effiong, an indigene of Ekpri Nsukara Offot in Uyo Local Government Area stole two pupils of Saint Philip’s Primary School, Offot, on November 12, 2018. She lured the children with biscuits, claiming that she was a friend of their mothers.
According to the Daily Trust, after successfully luring the children, she sold them at Osisioma Ngwa in Abia State.
In her statement, she claimed that she had an agreement with one Blessing Sunday from Osisioma Ngwa to look for children in Akwa-Ibom and sell to her in Abia State.
Narrating how they were lured, one of the children said the convict took them in a tricycle to Itam Market where she bought new clothes for them to put on instead of their school uniforms.
Unfortunately for Mary, a man saw her while she was undressing the girls, aged six and seven respectively. Following the eye-witness’ alarm, she was arrested by the Police.
The headteacher of the girls’ school, immediately identified the girls on seeing them as pupils of Saint Philip’s Primary school.
While delivering judgment, Justice Okon Okon of the Akwa-Ibom High Court, described the suspect as an embarrassment to motherhood. According to him:
“She is a joy killer set to cause grief and inflict pains on other parents, while jealously protecting and guiding her own children.” .
He added that “but for providence, the accused would have succeeded in trafficking the children from Uyo to Aba and ultimately sold them to a ready and willing buyer. Leaving her children to abduct other people’s children for financial gains shows the level of her wickedness.