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Man sentenced to death for selling 5-year-old child to Rivers couple

A High Court in Port Harcourt has sentenced one Promise Thompson to death by hanging for armed robbery and child theft.

Thompson and his accomplice, Beatrice Ogbunka, stood trial on a three-count of armed robbery, kidnapping and child theft.

They were accused of shooting one Chidiebere Ogbugu and stealing his five-year-old child.

The incident was said to have occurred on October 25, 2018, in Rumuolumeni, Obio/Akpor Local Government Area of Rivers State.

Ogbunka was however said to have fled after she was granted bail by the police.

The presiding judge, Justice Sika Henry-Aprioku, in his judgment said the prosecution counsel proved that Thompson took the infant to Abia State and sold him to a syndicate who also sold the boy to another syndicate.

Justice Henry-Aprioku also sentenced one Chisom Lucky to seven years imprisonment, while her husband, Lucky, bagged a 10-year sentence for child theft, for buying the child from Thompson and selling him off afterwards.

Prevail Inegbenose

Prevail Inegbenose is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Spark Media & Entertainment Ventures, the publisher of Spark News Daily - Nigeria's most sought-after online news platform - Politics, Sport & Entertainment. Prevail Inegbenose hails from Irrua, Esan Central LGA of Edo State. He studied Mass Communication from the prestigious Auchi Polytechnic Auchi and graduated in 2007. Prevail Inegbenose is a veteran journalist with 15 years of active and practical journalism. He has authored so many write-ups, a lot of which had been published in the newspapers, magazines and social media. Hence Prevail Inegbenose is a Journalist, Writer, Researcher, Author, Communication Expert and Consultant, Social Media Influencer, Project Management Expert, Peace Ambassador and Advocate of Good Governance and Better Society. He's a Pastor, in fact the Lead Pastor, House of God Int'l - Rest Tabernacle, Abuja Nigeria.

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