Police Nabs Nursing Mother, Four Others Over Sale Of Three-Day Old Baby

PHOTO CREDIT: PUNCH
PHOTO CREDIT: PUNCH

A nursing mother, Imaobong Udoh, has been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command for allegedly selling her three-day old baby girl.

She was arrested alongside four others, who were said to have allegedly participated in the theft of the baby.

The accomplices are the buyer, Mrs. Regina James; her husband, Mfon James; the traditional birth attendant who delivered the baby, Mrs. Comfort Henry; and Mr Emmanuel Okon, a homeopathic doctor, who facilitated the trade.

Speaking on the incident in Uyo, the state capital on Monday, the Police Commissioner, Mr. Umar Gwadabe, said that the father of the baby had reported the theft to the police, leading to the arrest of the suspects.

Gwadabe said, “On March 3, 2014, a case of child stealing was reported by Mr. Eteobong James, of No. 33 Urua Ekpa Road, Itu Local Governmnet Area, to the police, where a three-day-old baby girl was sold for N260, 000.

“Based on the report, the suspects were arrested.

“Mr Emmanuel Etim Okon, was the one that arranged the infamous deal and personally conveyed the baby from the point of delivery at Nna-Enin in Uruan Local Government Area to the buyers at No. 37 Church Road, Uyo”.

Gwadabe stated that Regina allegedly paid the sum of N150, 000 to the mother of the baby and another N110, 000 to Okon, the homeopathic doctor, for his services.

The police boss explained that the accused would soon be charged to court even as he warned child thieves to desist or relocate as the police under his leadership will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute anyone caught in the illicit trade.

According to PUNCH METRO, the husband of the buyer exonerated himself of complicity in the crime as he claimed that his wife informed him that she was pregnant and he gave her money for ante-natal care but was surprised to hear that she instead paid to get the baby.

He said, “I am a trader. My wife, Regina, told me she was pregnant and I gave her money for ante-natal. One day, she told me she was in labour and later informed me that she had been delivered of a baby girl.

“I did not know she bought the baby since she has given birth to four children, though three died”.

Absolving himself of any blame, the homeopathic doctor said Regina brought the mother of the baby, Imaobong, to him so that he could take care of her during ante-natal.

He said Regina had explained to him that the father of the baby was not financially buoyant to take care of her.

He also denied collecting N110, 000 from Regina, stating that he only collected N30, 000, which was the cost of services he rendered towards the delivery of Imaobong’s baby.

“When Regina brought Imaobong to me, she told me that the man responsible for the pregnancy was unable of take care of her.

“The N30, 000 I collected from her was for the upkeep of Imaobong before and during delivery of the baby. I did not collect N110, 000”.