Abia State police command arrested members of three suspected child traffickers, who are baby sellers, including 17-year-old Gift Daniel, who sold her two-day-old baby boy for N670, 000.
The Police Commissioner, Anthony Ogbizi confirmed that the command arrested no fewer than 22 other suspected criminals, following raids by his men in the wake of renewed criminal acts in different parts of the state.
In an interview with newsmen, Daniel said that she was compelled to sell the baby due to financial difficulties. She said that her first baby, also a boy, was sold by her own mother after delivery, hence her resolve to personally sell the second baby.
“My mother sent me away from the house, when I became pregnant for the second baby and because of the financial difficulties, I started looking for somebody to help me.”
Daniel said that she was given N50,000 by the woman that brokered the transaction, 38-year-old Ngozi Nwaiwu, while the nurse, Kate Charles, who helped her during her delivery, got N30,000. Nwaiwu, who also confirmed the sale to newsmen, said she was trying to help Daniel, considering her plight.
Police also arrested 22-year-old Blessing Chukwu, who sold her three-week-old baby girl, along with the alleged buyer, 40-year-old Chinasa Okpara. Other alleged accomplices, Mrs Euphemia Omende and his husband, Kelechi, a medical practitioner, were also arrested.
The Police alleged that the couple facilitated the transaction at their facility, Winnies Hospital, Okigwe, where the baby was born. Okpara said that she paid N360,000 for the baby and blamed her action on her 13-year-old fruitless marriage. Chukwu said she already had four children out of wedlock. She said that she was given N190,000, for the three-week old baby, blaming her action on financial challenges.
They were arrested at the Federal Medical Center, Umuahia, were the baby had reportedly been on admission for the past three weeks. The command also nabbed 23-year-old Rose Chukwu together with her relation, Joy Sunday, while allegedly attempting to kidnap a little boy at Uzuakoli in Bende Local Government Area of Abia state.