The Police, yesterday [Apr. 2], arraigned seven
commercial sex workers in a Makurdi Magistrate’s
Court for beating and stabbing an Abuja-based
The suspects are Blessing Victor, Martha Joseph,
Sonia Okafor, Esther Sunday, Grace John, Angela
Aja and Princess Ojo, all of Express Hotel, Makurdi.
They are charged with criminal conspiracy, force,
causing hurt and theft.
The prosecutor, Inspector Kajo told the court that
Gabriel Oforma of Plot 24, Gwarimpa Estate, Phase
1, Abuja, lodged the matter at the ‘B’ Division
Police Station on March 20. He said that the
accused persons and some men, currently at large,
beat up Oforma, stabbed him and stole his Nokia
Lumia cell phone and N34,000 cash when he went
to visit a friend at Wukari Street, Wurukum,
Kajo added said the offence contravened the
provisions of Sections 97, 265, 246 and 287 of the
If convicted, they are liable to eight
years each in prison with an option of fine. After
the charges were read to them, the suspects all
pleaded not guilty.
In her defence, the first accused person, Blessing
Victor, told the court that she did not steal
anything from the complainant. She said: My only
sin is that I charged the complainant N3,000 to
have sexual intercourse with me for the whole
After we did it, he refused to pay me and
when I complained he said I stole his money.
The Magistrate, Mrs Lillian Terseer-Tsumba,
granted bail to the accused persons in the sum of
N10,000 each and one surety each in like sum.
adjourned the matter until May 7.