The Nigeria Police, Akwa Ibom state Command, has apprehended a nursing mother one Mrs. Imaobong Udoh, for allegedly selling her own three-day old baby girl, also arrested were four other people who were also complicit in the alleged baby stealing.
According to the Command the other four persons arrested are the buyer of the baby , Mrs. Regina James; her husband, Mfon James; Mrs. Comfort Henry who is the traditional birth attendant who delivered the baby and also Mr. Emmanuel Okon, a homeopathic doctor, who was the person that arranged the sale of the baby.
The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State Command, Mr. Umar Gwadabe, said that the baby’s father had on Monday reported the stealing of the baby to the police, which led to arrest of the suspects.
Speaking further he said; “On March 3, 2014, a case of child stealing was reported by Mr. Eteobong James, of No. 33 Urua Ekpa Road, Itu Local Governmnet Area, to the police, where a three-day-old baby girl was sold for N260, 000, as he added that based on the report, the suspects were arrested.”
The Police Boss also said that; “Mr Emmanuel Etim Okon, was the one that arranged the infamous deal and personally conveyed the baby from the point of delivery at Nna-Enin in Uruan Local Government Area to the buyers at No. 37 Church Road, Uyo.”
According to the Commissioner, he said that Regina allegedly paid N150,000 to the mother of the baby and N110,000 to Okon, the homeopathic doctor, for his services.
Meanwhile Mr. Gwadabe said that the the accused would soon be arraigned in court and warned child thieves to steer clear of the state.
Meanwhile, the Buyer’s husband Mr. James; “l am a trader. My wife, Regina, told me she was pregnant and I gave her money for ante-natal. One day, she told me she was in labour and later informed me that she had been delivered of a baby girl. I did not know she bought the baby since she has given birth to four children, though three died.”
While the homeopathic doctor said Regina brought the mother of the baby, Imaobong, he said; “When Regina brought Imaobong to me, she told me that the man responsible for the pregnancy was unable of take care of her. The N30, 000 I collected from her was for the upkeep of Imaobong before and during delivery of the baby. I did not collect N110, 000.”