Abuja - The Acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Suleiman Abba, has directed all force leaders to put measures in place to end the illegal sale of babies in the country.
The directive was issued to Assistant Inspectors-General of Police in charge of Zonal Commands, State Command Commissioners of Police and other Police field Commanders.
According to a statement by Emmanuel Ojukwu, Force Public Relations Officer, the development followed recent disturbing trends involving the selling of babies within and outside the country, especially in some local Motherless Baby’s Homes.
Ojukwu reiterated that all the Motherless Babies Homes and Centres in their respective domains should be properly monitored so as to nip the problem in the bud.
He said the IGP directed all police personnel to be thoroughly lectured on this subject.
“The IGP called on the members of the public to furnish the Police with the necessary information that will help in addressing this heinous crime,” added Ojukwu.
Well-organised criminal gangs run the sale of babies in local cities.
In some cases, it is reported young women, driven by poverty, voluntarily lease out their wombs to produce babies for trafficking.
In other cases, they are detained against their will and forced to sell their children at birth.
The babies are not just sold to adoptive parents, but are also used for child labor, intimate abuse or prostitution, and possible sale of body parts for use in witchcraft rituals or for organ harvesting.
In 2003, the government passed an anti-trafficking law which makes the buying or selling of babies illegal in Nigeria and carries a 14-year jail term.
- CAJ News