3 cult members sentenced to death after kidnapping and mutilating 1-year-old girl


Baby doll illustration 
By: Sanvi Rizvi

Three cult members were arrested, charged and convicted of murder after killing a 1-year-old girl, prosecutors in Nigeria said.

Now, the High Court of Ondo State, sentenced the three men to death by hanging for the kidnapping and murder of Rachel Akingboye.

The men were identified as Olusegun Obaro, Jonah Lase and Theophilus Friday. They are all about 50 years old.

The defendants were convicted of one count of kidnapping and two counts of murder. According to police, the victim was abducted from her mother by Lase and Obaro, and handed over to Friday.

The victim's body was found near her mother’s house with her right side removed. The three were detained by local residents and were later handed over to the police. They confessed to the crime.