Nigeria Immigration Service, NIS, Cross River State Command on Wednesday arrested a 42-year-old Cameroonian lady in Calabar, with a three-day-old baby she allegedly bought for N1.2 million.
Evelyn Atemkeng, accompanied by her 70-year-old mother, Anastasia Fambong, was said to have bought the baby boy from a matron of a clinic in Delta State into whose account she paid the N1.2 million.
Confirming the arrest, Commander of the Cross River State Immigration Command, Mr Samuel Ichoi, said his his men accosted the lady while boarding a ship to Cameroon after they got suspicious of her. She confessed to buying the baby, after interrogation.
“The lady came from Cameroon on Friday without any sign of pregnancy but this morning (Wednesday) she was found to be carrying a baby and when my men examined her there were no signs that she just gave birth, so she and the baby were apprehended.”
The lady also claimed that in May last year, she was given some herbs at Okigwe where she “miraculously gave birth to a baby girl who is now in Cameroon,” the Immigration boss said.
Atemkeng, however, told Vanguard that she gave birth to the baby and that N1.2 million she paid into the account of the matron was for delivery and herbs she gave to her to aid delivery.
“She (matron) said my breast would start producing milk in three weeks but for now the baby is taking baby food,” Atemkeng said.
“I am married and my husband is in Cameroon but there is nobody to take care of me in Cameroon, that was why I came to Nigeria to deliver,” she said.
The Anti-Human Trafficking Officer of the Nigeria Immigration Service at the Calabar Port, Mrs Agbor Ojong Ogar, dismiss the woman’s claim, saying she took time to examine the woman and she does not have any sign that she just gave birth.
“The woman passed here on Friday, she left on Saturday and returned to Calabar on Tuesday and was heading back to Cameroon with a baby and when we examined her she does not have any sign of having given birth recently.”