Court grants N100,000 bail to man arraigned for attempting to sell son for mother’s funeral

An Ibadan Magistrate court has granted bail to 30-year-old man, Haruna‎ Sule and his friend Abdulfatai Quadri, 30, who were yesterday arraigned before it over alleged attempt to sell a six-year-old boy in order to offset the cost of his mother’s burial.

The charge number M/1048/2017 reads that the accused were arraigned on two counts charge of conspiracy and attempt to sell a boy and the accused immediately pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

The prosecutor, Sgt. Oriola James told the court that Haruna and his friend Abdulfatai on June 21 at Agbowo area, Ogbomoso in Oyo State conspired to sell his own biological son (name withheld) for an undisclosed amount.

According to the prosecutor, the offences contravened sections 516 and 509 Criminal Code Cap 38, Vol. II, Laws of Oyo State of Nigeria 2000.

According to the Police, Haruna has confessed that he had planned to sell his son in order to raise money for his mother’s burial.

Narrating how they were arrested, Haruna said he was the one who called his friend, Abdulfatai to help him look for a buyer who is willing to buy the boy as the mother’s burial date approaches.

He stated that his friend had called to inform him that he had found a buyer, only to be arrested at the point where the money was to be collected and the boy handed over to him.

He said the prospective buyer was the one who called the police for their arrest

The Chief Magistrate, Mr Taiwo Oladiran in his ruling granted the accused bail in the sum of N100,000 with two reliable sureties in like sum and adjourned the case till August 31 for further hearing.

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