The State Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, while parading the suspects disclosed that the teenager identified as Chiamaka Njoku, 18, of Umuokpo Emeabiam Owerri West LGA of Imo state, gave birth December 10, 201, and sold the baby girl for N120,000.
“She was impregnated by unidentified man out of wedlock. She left her parents house and was harboured by Okere Justice of the same address who contacted one Franca Chukwukere, the Proprietress of an illegal orphanage, Franca Gold Orphanage Lagos, where she remained until on 10/12/2017 when she put to bed. The baby girl was sold out at the cost of #300,000 and the sum of #120,000 sent to Chiamaka Njoku through Justice Okere. Two baby girls of one month three weeks and one month two weeks old respectively were recovered from the child trafficker” said Ezike.
The other suspect, 53-year-old Franca Chukwukere, a mum of 3 from Umuelem, Ihiagwa, Owerri West LGA of Imo state harboured the pregnant girl till she delivered. She forged an orphanage document and sold the baby for N300,000 sending N120,000 to the mother the other accomplice Justice Okere. Okere Justice, 42, who is also married with kids kept the teenager before trafficking the child and sending her to Chukwukere, who operates the illegal Orphanage.