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Three women arrested for trafficking babies

28 February 2014, 14:20

Awka - A female deputy director in the Anambra Ministry of Women Affairs and a woman from Cross River have been arrested for child trafficking.  

The deputy director, who was in-charge of a motherless babies home in Onitsha, was arrested with her accomplice following the discovery of three-month-old and three-day-old babies in their possession on February 26.

A third suspect, who is a sister to the woman from Cross River, was co-opted in the deal to take one of the babies with her sister from Calabar to Onitsha.

The state police spokesman, Emeka Chukwuemeka, told newsmen in Awka on Thursday that their arrest followed a tip-off in Onitsha.

“We got information that these people boarded a vehicle from Calabar that dropped them at Onitsha with babies.

“They came to the city with the babies and on their way back, they were without the babies and when the information got to us, we intervened and got them arrested," Chukwuemeka said.

He explained that the babies were not from the same parents and that payments were already made.

“We are prepared to get to the root of this matter and we believe that a lot of people had been making huge sums of money through this ugly act,” he said.

The spokesman said the suspects had been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department for further investigation.

The deputy director had been in the business for sometimes now, but she confessed to have done it only once.

She said that she had paid N150 000 to the facilitator of the babies in Calabar who equally works in the Cross River Ministry of Women Affairs.

“I was just trying to protect the children and that was the only reason police arrested me but they should know that I have the right to source babies,” she said.

In her comments, the woman from Cross River claimed that she collected the babies from one woman in Calabar whose identity was not disclosed, to deliver them in Ontisha.

“The first time I did it was on November 1, 2013 when she gave me a baby boy to deliver to her business partner in Onitsha which I did until this one.

“The woman gave me the phone number to call when I get to Onitsha and after delivering the message, on my way back to Calabar the police arrested us at the motor park and took us to the motherless babies home where we kept the babies," she explained.

She said the woman in Onitsha paid direct to her aunty in Calabar as she was just a messenger.

-  NAN

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