In Akwa Ibom, Native Doctor, Baby Factory Operator, Traffickers in Babies Arrested
A native doctor, an operator of baby factory and a syndicate of traffickers in babies were at the weekend arrested by the Police in Akwa Ibom State and kept in secured cells at the State Police Headquarters, Uyo, pending prosecution.
The eleven suspects were paraded weekend at the State Police Headquarters, Ikot Akpan-abia, Uyo with most of them confessing to the crime.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mr Murtala Mani, told newsmen that the native doctor whose name was not disclosed killed his lover son aged 14 for undisclosed reason and hurriedly buried body in an attempt to escape the crime.
Mani, who spoke through the Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the Command, Cordelia Nwawe, said the Police, based on a tip off, swoop on the native doctor at the point he went to exhume the corpse of the deceased.
The Police Commissioner said the skull of the boy was recovered and taken to mortuary for autopsy while the native doctor has confessed and charged to court.
The State Police boss further disclosed that security operatives have also a woman who owns and operates illegal maternity home in the state.
“The woman specialises in making sure that she takes in pregnant teenagers, once the babies are delivered the babies will be sold and traffic out of the state. We have intercepted her”.
Mani who said children are reward and gift to humanity warned that they should not be traded as commodity saying, “as a matter fact, the girls have reliably informed us that this is not the first time the y sold their babies for the sum of N450, 000”.
Similar, the Police have recovered a two months old baby girl who was sold at the sum of N450, 000 through a syndicate that included baby mother, agent and the buyer.
The State Police boss hinted that the little baby who was sold in Akwa Ibom state was recovered in Rivers state through intelligent reports and now under Police custody in the state saying all the culprits have been arrested.
In this ember period, Mani urged parents to take responsibility of their children needs cautioning teenagers that it was a serious crime for them go about getting pregnant with intention to sell the baby.
He said all those arrested and culpable in the crimes will be prosecuted stressing that no criminal in the state will be faster that the security operatives as police have step up high visibility surveillance in the nook and cranny of the state.
Some of the suspects including the operator of the illegal maternity home, Cecelia Bassey and the daughter, a computer science student in the state polytechnic, Ikot Osura, Esther Bassey, and one of the teenager client, Ediomo Samuel Udoh with five months pregnancy all denied the crime.
However, the mother of the two baby months sold, Comfort Edem Effiong aged 22 from Ikot Akpa Etuk, Ibesikpo local government area of the state confess that she sold the baby because of hardship.
The agent for the selling of the baby who claimed to be homeopathy doctor, Aneye Ayang from the same area the mother the little baby wanted to throw the baby away because of lack of help but he advised her instead to sell baby and get money.
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