From TONY OSAUZO, Benin
Following pressure mounted on her by her parents and neighbours, a middle aged woman, named Eloho, who allegedly stole two children last week in Benin, has surrendered herself to the police in Benin. The stolen children, Faith Omoruyi, (5) and Gold Peter, (4), who were allegedly abducted by Eloho at Useh Market and Useh Secondary School who later took them to Mechanic village in Warri, Delta State for unknown reasons, have since been reunited with their respective families.
Eloho told journalists that she took the children with the assistant of one Efe, but that she had to return the children to their parents and surrender herself to the police due to pressure mounted on her by her family members and neighbours. Edo Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), DSP Tony Airhuoyo, who confirmed the report, said the suspects would soon be charged to court. In another development, an Ikpoba-Okha Magistrate Court in Benin has sentenced four persons to three years imprisonment each with hard labour for illegal sales of landed property belonging to a community.
The four convicted persons, David Aifesehi, Matthew Oviasogie, Friday Itota and Prince Austine Ehue, said to be subordinates to late traditional ruler of the community, Prince David Ehue, were charged on a 22-count charge of false possession and illegal sales of land belonging to Evbo-Uzama Community, an offence punishable under section 419 of the Criminal Code Cap 48 Vol.II Laws of the Bendel State of Nigeria 1976 applicable to Edo State. Delivering judgment, presiding Magistrate, Mrs. Igho Braimoh, found the accused persons guilty and sentenced them accordingly.