Fake Nurse, Lawyer Nabbed after Selling Baby for N500,000

A 43 year old fake nurse, Uju Okonkwo, now in police net in Asaba, Delta State, has reportedly sold a three month old baby to a Lagos-based businessman for N500,000.

Also a fake lawyer, Ezurum Joseph, who claimed he graduated from the Nnamdi Azikwe University (NAU ), Anambra State, in 2011 with registration number 39017, was arrested along with Okonkwo.

Over the years, Mr. Joseph provided the hideouts where Okonkwo was using to harbour her victims and has stood as the woman’s solicitor.

The said fake lawyer confessed that he dropped out of school after he could not pass four courses.
This prevented him from attending Law School. However, he has since been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, claiming to be a lawyer.

3 female human trafficking victims, Chinyere Ude (19), Happiness Igwe (20) and Esther Frank (17), who were respectively in their advanced stages of pregnancy, were rescued from the traffickers’ den.

The girls said they were brought to the hideout by Okonkwo, a widow, who claimed to have worked at Chinonso Hospital, Nkpor in Anambra State, for the purpose of selling their babies after delivery.

Men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping Squad (SAKS) raided the hideout on Okpanam Road in Oshimili North area of Delta State, after a tip-off that the three girls had been kept there and would soon deliver while their babies would be sold to the highest bidders.

The state Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, who paraded the suspects with the pregnant girls in Asaba, said Uju Okonkwo was nabbed after an intensive surveillance by his men. 

Gnashing her teeth on the parade ground, Uju, who has no registered name for her organisation and had been in the game with the fake lawyer for a year, confessed that she sold a baby for N500,000 to a Lagos-based businessman.

Cp Ibrahim described the suspects as human traffickers. He said: “The matter before us is a complete case of human trafficking and other related offences. Only God knows how many innocent children they have sold into slavery [and] to unknown persons for money rituals."

The fake nurse Uju and her fake lawyer Mr. Joseph are now under intense investigation.