A Senior Magistrates’ Court in Ibadan has sentenced a 46-year-old woman, Fatimo Olalere, to 12 months imprisonment for kidnapping a 9-year-old boy according to reports by the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
Olalere who is looking mentally ill was convicted after she pleaded guilty to a two-count charge of child stealing and act likely to cause breach of peace.
The presiding Magistrate, Mrs Patricia Adetuyibi stated that the court viewed seriously the offence of kidnapping before sentencing Olalere to jail. She also gave instructions to the prison authorities to determine the mental condition of the convict at a public hospital, and that the report should be submitted to the court on June 5, 2017, for review of the sentence.
While addressing the court, the prosecutor, Inspector Aliu Samod told the court that the convict kidnapped her victim, Kalid Kareem, a 9-year-old boy, by pretending to seek direction to her destination on Dec. 2 at about 9. 00a.m. at Odo-Oba Eleshinmeta, Ibadan.
“She grabbed his hand and attempted to pull something out of her handbag, but seeing her distracted, the boy broke her grip on his hand and took to his heels,” the prosecutor said.
According to him, the boy who was sent on an errand by his parent raised an alarm after he escaped from his abductor and Olalere was apprehended by passers-by.
The prosecutor said that the offences contravened Sections 508 and 249 (d) of the Criminal Code Cap. 38, Vol.11, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria, 2000.