Parents, buyer of twins arraigned

BY AUSTIN OGWUDA
ASABA — AN Asaba-based couple arrested for allegedly selling their new born twins to a Lagos-based buyer has been arraigned before an Asaba Chief Magistrate’s Court on a two-count charge.

Also arraigned was the said buyer of the twins and a welfare officer who allegedly facilitated the deal, on a separate two-count charge.

All four accused persons pleaded not guilty to the charges and were admitted to bail.

Although the crime allegedly committed seemed heinous, the magistrate exercised his discretion by granting them bail but with stringent conditions.

The accused couple were granted bail to the tune of N200,000 each and in like sum, a responsible surety who must be under domicile within the jurisdiction of the court and must be a civil servant of not less than 10 years either in the Federal Government, state or local government level employment.

The court, therefore, adjourned the case to May 16, 2013 for definite hearing.

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