Police in Akwa Ibom state says it arrested 11 persons suspected to be involve in child trafficking.
The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Murtala Mani, who briefed journalists in Uyo said that the syndicate which specialized in trafficking babies was arrested by the anti-kidnapping unit of the Nigeria Police.
According to him, a woman, Comfort Edem, was arrested on October 13, 2016 following intelligence information that she had been running an illegal maternity home for the purpose of trading in children.
Mani, who said this through the Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Cordelia Nwawe, added that the suspects sold the trafficked children at N450,000.
He revealed that the suspected child traffickers went after pregnant teenagers and negotiated the price of the unborn children with them. He noted that once the babies were born, they would be given to the traffickers.
“Information at our disposal led to the interception of a syndicate which traffic babies in Akwa Ibom. On October 13, 2016, the anti-kidnapping of the Nigeria Police arm has been able to intercept a woman who owns an illegal maternity home.
“She specialises in making sure that she takes in pregnant teenagers. Once the babies are born, those babies are sold and trafficked out of Akwa Ibom. We have intercepted her, she is in here in front of you.
“As a matter of fact, the girls had reliably informed us that this is not the first time they had sold their babies at the sum of N450,000,” he said.
Mani also paraded another syndicate who sold children for N500,000. He explained that the police had been to rescue a two-month old girl who had been sold to a woman in Rivers State.
The police, through their acid section, also nabbed a native doctor, who on June 13, 2016, murdered his 14 years old lover’s son.
He stated that the man not only murdered the boy, he also disrespected the boy’s corpse by feeding its arms to his dog and buried the remaining parts.
He said, “When information got to the police, before we got there, he exhumed the corpse and while he was doing it, we met him at that particular point; we were able to get the skull of the 14 years old lad from him.
“Having conducted autopsy on the boy’s corpse, the police had deposited it in the mortuary. The man had confessed to the crime and he has been charged to court.”
Edem, having denied running an illegal maternity home for the purpose of child trafficking, some ladies whose children Edem had bought and sold, accused her of child trafficking.
The mother of the rescued baby, Comfort Effiong, 23, ‘f’, from Ikot Akpantuk in Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government Area, said she sold her baby girl for N400,000.
“I sold my baby because I did not have any help from anybody. I did not see the man that impregnated me,” she said.
Anieyo Inyang, 58, osteopathic medical doctor, also from Ikot Akpantuk, said he was in police custody as the mother of the child indicted him of complicity in the sale of the baby.
Inyang who owns Anieyo Family Clinic, explained that he directed Effiong to his sister who linked her up to the baby buyer