The police on Friday arraigned a 33-year-old man, Segun Ajayi, and his sister, “Mama Ajayi”, 27, at a Yaba Chief Magistrates’ Court in Lagos for allegedly using different babies to beg for alms.
The two suspects are charged with conspiracy but the second defendant is solely facing the second count of breach of peace.
The Police Prosecutor, ASP Thomas Nurudeen, told the court that the defendants committed the offence at 2.30 p.m. on March 12, opposite the House on The Rock Church in Lekki.
He said that the defendants were reported at the station by an official of a non-governmental organisation.
He said that the NGO official then told the police that the second defendant was seen at that location on so many occasions, begging with different babies that were apparently not hers.
Nurudeen told the court that on the day the second defendant was arrested, a malnourished baby was found with her, adding that the baby had been taken to motherless babies’ home for proper care.
He said that their offence contravened the provisions of Sections 411 and 168 (2) of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015 (Revised).
The penalty for flouting Section 411 – which relates to the offence of conspiracy — is 2 years’ imprisonment, while that of contravening Section 168(2) – which is on the offence of breach of peace — is three months’ imprisonment.
The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Adeola Adedayo, admitted the defendants to bail in the sum of N200,000 each, with two responsible sureties each in like sum.
She ordered that the sureties must be gainfully employed, while they must show evidence of three years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.
She adjourned the case until May 5 for mention.