Police arrest two ‘baby traders’ in Ogun

By IAfrica
In Nigeria
Mar 22nd, 2014

The Ogun Police Command on Friday arrested a woman and her brother-in-law for their alleged complicity in the sale of babies.

The state’s Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, identified the suspects as Mrs Angela Chigoeze, and Obinna Ndunaga, her brother-in-law.

Okoye, who conducted newsmen round a building in Akute in Ifo local government area of the state, said the two suspects were arrested inside the building.

The police officer said also that eight pregnant ladies were rescued from the building situated at 9, Sebanjo Crescent, off Fabolude Bus Stop in Akute.

“Mrs Chigoeze and her husband are the joint owners of the illegal babies business, while Ndunaga is a partner,’’ Okoye said.

He said the suspects usually harbour young ladies and invite men to impregnate them.

“The ladies were usually offered little amounts after delivery and sale of their babies, for about N300,000 each,’’ the police commissioner said.

He attributed the arrest of the suspects to “robust community policing and discreet intelligence gathering by men of the state police command’’.

“When we moved in around 7 a.m. on Thursday, we couldn’t get anything. So, we left.

“But, later, we got information and we came back to the house and continued searching.

“We discovered that the pregnant girls were hidden in the wardrobe.

“One of the girls who were kept in the wardrobe fainted and was taken to the hospital where she was revived.

“This is inhumanity to human beings. The co-ordinator (Chigoeze) of this baby factory sold each baby at N300,000 or even above.

“She in turn gives pittance to these young girls. If the mother delivers a stillborn, she will not get anything,” Okoye said.

The police commissioner said investigation was still on to discover the sponsors and other collaborators in the criminal business.

Okoye said the suspects would be transferred to the State Police Command Headquarters at Eleweran in Abeokuta for further investigation.

Fielding questions from newsmen, Chigoeze claimed that she and her husband started the business in 2013.

“The building was rented mainly for this purpose. We used the building initially for our traditional healing home business,’’ the 29-year-old said.(NAN)

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