OPERATIVES of the Imo State Police Command have apprehended five members of a child trafficking syndicate who allegedly sold a six – hour -old baby for N 850 , 000 shortly after he was born.
The Commissioner of Police in the state, Rabiu Ladodo , who paraded the suspects at the command ’ s headquarters in Owerri on Saturday , described the crime as “absurd and irritating. ”
Ladodo said the suspects would be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation .
The CP noted that it was unbelievable that the mother of the newborn , Chinonye Oparaocha , 23 , conspired with the other suspects to trade the child after delivery.
The other suspects are Confidence Anyanwu , 28 ; Duru Christian , 38; George Iyowuna , 38, and William Cynthia , 44.
Ladodo said the mother of the baby conspired with a nurse at the hospital where she was delivered of the baby to take the child to Rivers State, where he was trafficked for N 850 , 000 .
According to him , it took coordinated intelligence from his men for the baby to be recovered and the suspects arrested.
The CP said , “On February 8 , 2019 , at an undisclosed clinic on Nekede Road in the Owerri West LGA , one Chinonye Oparaocha was delivered of a baby boy.
“ The woman immediately conspired with one Confidence Anyanwu , a nurse and native of Umuhu Okwuato in the Aboh Mbaise LGA , in company with her husband, Amanze Anyanwu (at large), and carried the six hours old baby to Port Harcourt in Rivers State, where one Duru Christian , was standing by . ”
The CP explained that at Port Harcourt, Christian in company with Iyowuna , met them and took custody of the baby.
Ladodo said , “ George Iyowuna met them at their hideout , took the baby boy and handed him over to a prospective buyer, William Cynthia and her husband, who eventually paid the sum of N 850 , 000 .
“ On April 13, operatives of the Scorpion Squad of the command , after diligent investigation , arrested these five suspects , including the mother of the baby and the nurse , who delivered her of the baby. ”
The CP said the suspects had given useful information to the police , adding that efforts were ongoing to arrest other fleeing members of the gang.