An Edo High Court on Monday sentenced three
people to death by hanging over the murder of a
The convicts, Betty Stephen, the stepmother,
and the two teachers- Johnson Ogbeide and
Nancy Aiwuyor, committed the offence on
February 24, 2009, at Erhiborhibo village,
Orhionmwon Local Government Area of Edo.
The judge, Justice Geraldine Imadegbelo, in her
judgment said the prosecution proved its case
beyond reasonable doubt.
She said the prosecution proved that the
stepmother gave the three-year-old girl to
Ogbeide, who in turn handed over the baby to
his colleague, Aiwuyor, to be sold for ritual
Reviewing the evidence placed before her, the
judge said the child was left in the custody of
her stepmother by her parents who went to
farm on the day the child was killed.
“When the victim’s parents returned, they could
not find the child, only for the stepmother to
confess that she stole the child to the two other
convicts,” she said.
The judge also said that the prosecution
established that the victim was sold for N1.5
million, her nine fingers cut off, her hair shaved
as directed for the ritual.
According to judge, “seven years after the
victim disappeared in the hands of the convicts
without being found, the court was safe to hold
that the child was dead.
“The acts of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd accused
persons which caused the death of the
deceased were unlawful,” Mrs. Imadegbelo said.
The court also sentenced the convicts to 14-
year jail term each for the offence of child