Deaf, Dumb Persons Docked For Alleged Abduction

Two persons living with disabilities (PWDs) were on Monday arraigned at an Afao-Ekiti Magistrate Court for an alleged abduction of another PWD.

The accused,  Peter Obi(41) m and Ego Njoku (35) f, of no fix  addresses were  facing  charges bordering on  abduction .

The accused were said to have brought a  girl, also deaf and dump from Auchi, in Edo State, to Ado-Ekiti for the business of begging for alms without the permission of her parents .

The prosecutor, Insp Oriyomi Akinwale, told the court that the defendants committed the offence on Feb. 1 in Ado-Ekiti.He added that they were apprehended and handed over to the police.

Akinwale alleged that the defendants abducted one Falilat Isinekha, a 17-year-old girl without the consent of her parents.

According to him, the offence contravenes Section 27 (2) b of Child Rights Law, Ekiti State, 2012.

The prosecutor asked the court for adjournment to enable him to study the case file and present his witnesses.

The defendants, however, pleaded not guilty to the charge preferred against them.

Counsel to the defendants, Mr Michael Olaleye, urged the court to grant them bail, with a promise that they would not jump bail.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adefumike Anoma, granted bail to the defendants in the sum of N10,000 with one surety each in like sum.

She adjourned the case till March 22 for hearing.

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