Woman Detained in Lagos For Stealing Nine-Year-Old Girl

On Wednesday, a Magistrate’s Court in Ikorodu, Lagos State, remanded Rayinat Bakare, 45, in jail for allegedly snatching a nine-year-old child.

Mrs A B Olagbegi-Adelabu, the Magistrate, did not accept Rakiyat’s plea and delayed the case to May 16 as she awaited guidance from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).

Earlier, Mrs Olawunmi Osibanjo, the Lagos State prosecution counsel, told the court that on March 14, at about 6 p.m., Rakiyat held the hand of a nine-year-old girl while strolling along Allynson Street in Ikorodu, and the child started sobbing.

She said, “People who saw the girl crying asked her if the woman was her mother and she said, ‘No’, which brought the attention of people who started questioning the defendant.

“The mother of the girl eventually appeared and told the crowd that she had never come across the defendant in her entire life.”

The prosecution observed that the crime violated Section 277 of Lagos State’s Criminal Law.

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