Police Prosecutor, Simon Emmanuel, told an Abuja Chief Magistrates’ Court on Friday how a 20-year-old woman, Juli Markus, stole the four-month-old baby during Sunday Service.
The baby’s father, Obadiah Idi, of the Kado area of Federal Capital Territory, reported the matter at the Life Camp Police Station on June 30.
While they were attending a Sunday church service in Kado, Juli Markus deceived his 11-year-old daughter, Rebecca, who was holding the baby, and collected the baby from her.
Emmanuel said the convict escaped with the baby to an unknown destination, but was found and arrested by the police. He said that during interrogation, the convict confessed to committing the crime, saying that she took the baby to Auta Balefi Town in Nasarawa State where she sold him to one Christiana Zaka.
Mr. Emmanuel said that Ms. Zaka, the convict’s accomplice, was later arrested and the baby, named Daniel, recovered from her.
The Abuja Chief Magistrates’ Court thus sentenced Juli Markus to five years imprisonment without an option of fine. The Chief Magistrate, Fati Tafida, said that the convict is guilty as charged.
Her accomplice, 43-yrs old Ms. Zaka is now standing trial on a one count charge of receiving a stolen child.