Crime & Law
Court grants bail to 22-year-old lady who gave birth in prison over N2,000 ‘stolen phone’
The Akwa Ibom State High Court sitting in Uyo has granted bail to a 22-year-old prison inmate who was delivered of a baby girl while in custody.
The nursing mother, a PoS operator, and her younger brother, a sales boy in a bakery, both indigenes of Edem Idim Ibakesi in Ini LGA, were held in prison while awaiting trial for allegedly receiving a stolen phone worth N2,000, Daily Trust reported on Friday.
It was gathered that the siblings, who are orphans, were charged with conspiracy to receive stolen property and were abandoned by the prosecution in prison.
Justice Ntong Ntong granted the nursing mother and her brother unconditional bail in sympathy that the six-month-old baby girl had been in prison since she was born on September 24, 2022.
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Justice Ntong said, “The defendants are hereby granted bail on self-recognition and unconditionally to a surety who shall leave his contact address with this court. He shall produce them in court on Monday, March 13, 2023.
“The Officer in charge of the Uyo Correctional Centre is hereby ordered to comply with this order and release the accused persons forthwith to the said surety. I so hold.”