Tuesday, 9 July 2013

How my husband sold our son for N2 million – Woman tells court

A woman, Elizabeth Morenike, at the Ebute Meta Magistrate’s court, accused her husband, Toye Orire, of selling their undergraduate son, Segun, for N2m.
Morenike said although she had seven children for Toye, they were not legally married.
She alleged that her husband collected money from the accused person, Ehinmosan Odumayo, whom she claimed took Segun out to the high seas for work on June 2, 2012.
During a cross-examination by the defence counsel, she said Segun mysteriously disappeared.
She said, “On June 2, 2012, around 6am, I was in my house when my son, Segun Orire, came to tell me that he wanted to follow Odumayo to work.
“I was preparing to go to the market when he told me, so I gave him the permission to go.
“When I came back, I couldn’t find him and I became bothered. So, I asked his junior sister, and she said he had followed Odumayo to Takwa Bay.
“I searched for him, and after I could not find him, I went to meet Odumayo to demand my son’s whereabouts.
“Odumayo then said he left my son in a flag boat.”
She said ever since the incident, her son had not been found.
She alleged that her husband gave up on the search for their son and collected N2m as settlement.
However, the defence argued that Segun’s mother was inconsistent in her claims on the time her child left the house, and whether  she saw the accused taking her child out on the said date,.
When the magistrate, Mrs. K.O Doja-ojo, asked him to end the questioning, the defence consel said,  “Sir, we are not done yet. We have about 115 questions to ask the witness.”
The matter was later adjourned till July 22.

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