Two pastors allegedly stole a 2-year-old girl in a market in the Ajao Estate area of Lagos State.

The child was taken away without the knowledge of her mother by Pastors, Dorothy Ekutosi and Asekameh Victor.

August 29 has become a day the mother of the girl will never forget, as she returned home from Abule market, where her small shop, is without her daughter.

The alleged abductors are now standing trial.

The court room was calm as everyone listened to the prosecutor, Clifford Ogu, who is a police officer.

He told the Ikeja Chief Magistrates’ Court that Ekutosi, 51, and Victor, 27, allegedly stole the girl in a market, putting forward a two-count charge of conspiracy and stealing.

The Prosecutor said the accused persons committed the offences on August 29 at the Abule Market area of Ajao Estate in the state.

"They conspired and stole the child in the market, without the knowledge of the mother, who was a trader".

“The duo were caught with the help of her mother’s neighbour in the market, who intercepted the child, while they were taking her away to an unknown destination,’’ the prosecutor said.

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According to him, the offences contravened Sections 287 and 409 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.

The accused, however, denied the allegation, claiming they are innocent.

Section 287 prescribes a 2-year jail term for stealing.

The Chief Magistrate, Mrs Taiwo Akanni, admitted the accused to bail in the sum of 100,000 Naira each, with 2 sureties in like sum.

Mrs Akanni said the sureties, who should be relations of the accused, should also show evidence of 3 years’ tax payment to the Lagos State Government.

She adjourned the case until September 20, for mention.

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