A 49-year-old farmer, Gabriel Ajor has been arraigned before a Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court for allegedly abducting and selling seven children, including his two sons and an eight-year-old child for N400,000.
Ajor was alleged to have abducted and sold the children under the pretext of sending them to schools in Owerri and the United States of America.
Vanguard reports that on arraignment at the Lokoja Chief Magistrate’s Court II on Monday, the accused was said to have tricked one Kenneth Omale and John Attah, parents of five of the children, into believing he meant well.
Prosecuting police officer, Cornet Ayabatu (ASP), the accused of Nwajala in Ibaji Local Government Area of Kogi, between March and June, criminally conspired with others now at large to commit the offence.
He said the children, Goodway Kenneth, 5; Kindness Kenneth, 3; Shedrack John, 6; Goodday John, 6; Confidence Ojonuba, 8 months old; Gift Gabriel, 6 and Destiny Gabriel, 3, all male, were allegedly taken to an undisclosed destination that could not be traced.
Ayabatu said police investigation led to the arrest of Ajor who confessed that he was paid N400,000 for the seven children by one Malik in Owerri, Imo State.
In his ruling, Chief Magistrate, Alhassan Husaini put on hold all ancillary applications connected to the case till the next sitting.
He ordered that the accused be remanded at the state CID detention facility in Lokoja and adjourned to August 24 for further mention.