The police in Ebonyi have arrested a 20-year-old mother of a baby boy and her lover, who sold their baby to a maternity home operator for N500,000.
According to police sources, Ola China, 20, of Amangwu Edda in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi was impregnated by Jonah Ogbuagu, a bricklayer in August 2021. Ola gave birth to the baby in April 2022 at Obigbo, Rivers, where she had stayed at her aunt’s residence during the pregnancy. After giving birth, she conspired with Ogbuagu and sold the baby.
Confirming the incident to newsmen, the spokesperson of the state police command, SP Chris Anyanwu, said that the maternity homeowner, popularly known as “Mummy Abigail’’ was arrested at Ovima, also in Afikpo North Local Government Area.’Mummy Abigail runs a maternity home which she uses as a cover for her illicit trade. The suspects have been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons for necessary actions and prosecution,’’ SP Anyanwu said
He added that police in Ebonyi also arrested a two-man syndicate of child traffickers, who specialize in stealing, abducting, kidnapping, and selling children.
Anyawu gave their details as Otuu Chizaram, 24, from Ndukwe Akpoha and Agbi Precious, 20, of Evuma Road both in Afikpo North Local Government Area of Ebonyi. He said they have all confessed to committing the crime.