A Chief Magistrate Court sitting in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, has arrested a self-acclaimed Reverend sister identified as Maureen Wechenwu, for allegedly trafficking children.
Maureen, a 44 year old woman was arrested on Saturday 3rd September, 2022 at her camp in Omuigwe Abuja Phase II, Aluu, in Ikwerre Local Government Area of the state.
Fifteen children were recovered from the camp she claimed to be an orphanage.
The suspect said she bought the children between N50,000 and N100,000 each, adding that five of the kids were taken from mentally challenged women.
When the matter was brought by the prosecutor, ASP N. Chighewu, before Chief Magistrate, Menenen Poromon, the court said he lacked jurisdiction to entertain count one, which bordered on murder.
He urged the prosecution team to separate the charges and referred it to the Director of public protection (DPP) for investigation, before adjourning to December 10 for the DPP’s advice.
The case has been adjourned till October 2022.
Source: Linda Ikeji’s blog.