Salima Lawal has been sentenced to 10 months in jail by Katsina State Senior Magistrates’ Court. She was arrested for making an attempt to sell her 32-day-old twins for N350,000 in December 2017.
The court, however, gave her an option of N10,000 fine. In his judgment on Wednesday evening, the presiding magistrate, Nuradeen El-Laden, explained that he gave Lawal a light sentence in view of the health of the twins and that of the mother herself.
He noted that a woman attempting to sell her children might have been battling abject poverty. El-Laden noted that the convict and her babies had spent a number of days in the prison custody, adding that Lawal had shown remorse for her action.