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Woman charged with attempted child theft in Lagos

A 32-year-old woman, Stella Ojei, who allegedly lured a toddler with candy and attempted to steal her, on Wednesday appeared before an Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court.

Unemployed Ojei, whose address was not given, is on

According to the prosecutor, Sgt. Raphael Donny,Ojei committed the offence on Oct. 28 on Kareem Babatunde Street, Dopemu, Lagos.

Donny said that the two- year -old child was playing with his friends when the accused passed by, saw them and lured the child with sweetie.

“The accused was about taking the child when one of the neighbours sighted her and raised an alarm.

“The accused was apprehended and handed over to the police,” he said.

“The offence contravenes Section 406 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015,’’ the prosecutor submitted.

The accused, however, pleaded not guilty.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Folakemi Davies-Abegunde granted her bail in the sum of  N500,000 with two sureties in like sum.

Davies-Abegunde adjourned the case until Dec. 11 for mention.



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