May 23, 2017

Police Arrest Child Traffickers, Rescue 3-Month-Old Baby

The Commissioner of Police, Abia State, Adeleye Oyebade, has reunited a three month-old-baby allegedly stolen from her mother by a suspected child trafficker to the mum at the command headquarters in Umuahia.

CP Oyebade said the baby was rescued by operatives attached to the state Anti-Kidnapping Unit on May 19, 2017, following a tip-off.

He pointed out that the baby girl was recovered, as the detectives were investigating the activities of some suspected child traffickers in the state, following the information received from victims.

The CP said, “One Esther Asukwor was arrested in the course of the investigation for keeping two pregnant teenagers, identified as Abigail Udofia and Ezinne Obiah, and selling their babies after birth.”

Oyebade, who warned members of the public against child trafficking and other crime related to the sale of human beings, vowed to stop at nothing to fish out the buyers of the missing babies.

A police source disclosed that the mother of the teenager, whose baby was recovered, had connived with the baby’s mother to sell the child to a suspected child trafficker who resided at Port Harcourt in Rivers State before the trade was foiled by the police.

Udofia and Obiah confessed that both of them were introduced to Asukwor while pregnant, adding that they were paid N250,000 by Arukwe after selling their babies when they put to bed.

Asukwor confessed that she kept the two teenagers and helped them to deliver their babies when they were due for delivery.

She said the babies were bought by an unidentified woman now at large.