Officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have arrested four women for allegedly selling a newborn baby for N 1,500,000.
The women were presented to journalists on Thursday 3 September. According to NAPTIP officials, two of the women, Bernadette Ihezuo and Cecilia Onyema, are officials of the Federal Ministry of Finance in Abuja and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development respectively. The third suspect, Okasi Ekeoma, is said to be Onyema’s sister, while the fourth suspect is the baby’s grandmother, Harriet Nmezi, who lives in Imo State.
According to NAPTIP officials, the teenage girl became pregnant while staying with her mother, who then took her to Onyema’s home where she lived until the baby was born. Immediately after delivery, the other women took the baby away from the young mother and sold it.
They were arrested following a tip-off that some members of the public had received.
The baby was saved while the suspects confessed to the crime and will soon be charged in court.