A Magistrate Court at Wuse Zone 2 in Abuja sentenced a woman, Holy Flobert, to six months imprisonment for terminating her pregnancy.
The convict who has no known fixed address was arraigned on a charge carried out with the intention of preventing the child from being born alive.
The Magistrate, Idayat Akanni, however, gave the convict an option to pay N5,000 fine.
Akanni counselled her to be careful and shun crime in the future adding that the punishment will serve as a deterrent to other potential offenders.
Before the judgement was delivered, the convict, Flobert had pleaded guilty to the charge, pleaded with the court to temper justice with mercy.
She said, “I took the herbal medications to treat fever and not to terminate my pregnancy, if I had known it would result to this, I would not have taken it”.
Earlier, the prosecutor, Adeyemi Oyeyemi, said a man named Hassan Mohammed who resides in Nyanya, Abuja, reported the issue to the Wuse Zone 3 Police Station on September 9.
Mohammed reported that on that same date about 10 pm while he was at Orange Garden in Wuse Zone 2, he noticed that the toilet key was missing, so he used the spare to open the door.
He discovered that the convict used herbal medication to terminate her pregnancy in the toilet.
During police investigations, they discovered a pool of blood from the crime scene.
Oyeyemi said that the offence was punishable under Section 235 of the Penal Code.