Nigerian woman arrested for trying to smuggle babies into the UK
A 51-year-old woman, Ijeoma Udechukwu, has been jailed for trying to smuggle two babies into the United Kingdom.
Udechukwu was apprehended after going to the British Embassy in Lagos, to present two completed applications for the babies which she falsely claimed were hers.
The Embassy carried out a DNA test on her, which revealed she was not the biological mother of either infant and the applications were refused.
Udechukwu proceeded to the UK, leaving the babies in the care of family and friends.
When officers visited Udechukwa’s address in Kennington, the found some false Nigerian adoption papers which stated that the children had been found abandoned in the street.
She reportedly refused to answer any questions about the fact that she had lied to staff at the British High Commission by claiming she had given birth to them; and also refused to confirm how she came into possession of the the babies.
The sentencing was carried out on Monday, 18 August, at Isleworth Crown Court. The woman, who is from Kennington, south-east London, was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years and 180 hours unpaid job.
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