Speaking in court, Police Prosecutor, Mr O. Omoruyi, said that Nwanne committed the crime on Sept. 19 at No. 62, Siluko Road, Benin. He said Nwanne was arraigned on a count charge of kidnapping a minor with the intention of using the child for rituals.
The prosecutor said the offence was punishable under Section 371 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol. II Laws of the old Benue State of Nigeria, 1976 as applicable in Edo State.
The defendant, however, pleaded guilty to the charge.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Igho Bramah, sentenced him to 14 years imprisonment without an option of fine and with hard labour.
Omoruyi had earlier told the court that the defendant was paid N20,000 by one Rochas, who lived at Orlu in Imo State to carry out the assignment. He said that on September 19, while the minor was playing outside with her 10-year-old sister, the convict tapped the minor on the shoulder and she began to follow him.
Seeing this, Omuruyi said the 10-year-old sister immediately alerted their mother, who called out the girl’s name but she wouldn’t respond. Then the mother raised an alarm and Nwanne was apprehended by neighbours, who dragged him to the Oba Market Police Station in Benin.
During the interrogation, the prosecutor said that the convict confessed to having committed the crime.