The Akwa Ibom Police Command has arrested a child trafficking syndicate and a woman for allegedly buying a 2-month-old baby for N450,000.
The suspected traffickers were paraded to journalists on Saturday, October 22, at the state police headquarters in Uyo. Those paraded included a homeopathic doctor, Eneyo Nyang, who is accused of running the baby factory, two teenage girls and a twenty-four year- old mother Comfort Effiong, who had sold her two-month old baby to a 51-year-old woman, Rose Edwardfor N450,000.
Presenting the suspects, the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), ASP Cordelia Nwawe, stated that the arrest of the suspects followed intelligence reports and commitment of a combined team of the ant-kidnapping unit in collaboration with sister units of police.
She said that Edward from Rivers State confessed to have bought the baby because she needed a baby of her own.
Confessing to the crime, the baby’s mother said that she sold her baby because there was no one to take care of her.
“I sold the baby because of help; I don’t have anybody to help me. My father is late and my mother is sick and I don’t have anybody to help me,” Effiong said.
The Police spokesperson warned parents and guardians to take responsibility for the welfare of their teenage girls to avoid teenage pregnancies. She also urged members of the public wishing to adopt to follow legal and legitimate processes.
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