The Imo State Police Command paraded two members of a child trafficking syndicate yesterday, who allegedly sold three different babies including their own child, for N600,000.
The couple, Ugochukwu Nwachukwu, 28 and Mrs Glory Ugochukwu were arrested by operatives of Anti – Kidnapping Unit of the command on July 20, at Umuokai Owerre-Nta Isiala Ngwa South L.G.A of Abia State.
The suspects conspired and lured one Jovita Aloka of Irette Owerri West L.G.A of Imo State to Naze Owerri North L.G.A where they confused her and took her two children, Adaugo Oliver, 3 years, 6 months and Daniel Oliver, 6 months and sold them to unknown persons.
The suspects confessed to the crime and other child trafficking within Imo State and its environs. Operatives are trailing other fleeing members of the syndicate.
While narrating her role in the said child trafficking, to newsmen, Glory said:
“I asked my husband where is my child and he told me he had sold my child. I was not happy with him. He never gave me even one naira. It is just 4 months old baby boy. He is my first child. I am not happy with what my husband did.”
On his part, Ugochukwu said:
“I discussed with my wife before selling the child. I sold the child N400,000. My reason is that I wanted to join the Army and I did not have money to process it. The bill they gave to me was high and I went to the point of selling my properties after that I could not make it. What I did was to use the remaining money to buy a motorcycle and start fishery business. I was arrested through the person who linked me to selling my son. He connected me to another person. This second one is a boy and a girl and they sold them N400,000. They gave me only N200,000. It is this second business that exposed me.”