. I came with N1.1m to buy baby, says suspect
Onyedi Gabriel, Port Harcourt
Police in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, have arrested five women for allegedly trading in babies.
It was gathered that the suspects were nabbed at Rumuokuta Junction while negotiating the purchase of a two-week old baby.
Their confessional statements showed that the principal suspect identified as Roseline Nwokocha was arrested with N1.1million she came with to buy a baby.
Nwokocha was apprehended with his sister Chioma, who accompanied her for the illegal transaction.
She said, “I came from Umuahia. I was arrested at Rumuokuta junction. This sister, Chi Chi called me that there was a two-week old baby for sale and asked me to come if I had somebody that will buy the baby.
“I decided to come and check the baby very well. She told me the baby was N1million but I decided to come and see the baby first. I came with my sister. This is not the first time I came to buy a baby.
“The time I came to buy the other one, my sister also came with me. I bought the first one at N1.1million. But this one, I also collected N1.1million from the person that wanted the child.”
She confessed that she gave the first baby she bought to a couple in Aba, Abia State, but refused to mention their names.
Also, another suspect, identified simply as Ify, admitted in her confessional statement that she was involved in the negotiation to sell the baby.
She said the suspect identified as Chi Chi, who acted as the middle person, told her that someone wanted to sell her baby and they agreed for N950,000.
But she said Chi Chi later added N50,000 profit to sell the baby to Nwokocha, who would later hand over the baby to a couple in Aba.
She said, “Somebody called me and said there was a baby available for sale. And I told her I would buy the baby for N950,000. I told Chi Chi who added N50,000 to sell the baby.”
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, Nnamdi Omoni, said the police were investigating the matter and would soon speak on it.