Eleven babies have been stolen in Onitsha, Anambra State, in the last three months, according to the police.
The police, with the help of the publisher of a local magazine, The Third Eye, Mr. Nweke Nweke, have smashed the syndicate responsible for the illegal act and recovered nine of the babies.
The suspects are: Ngozi Okeke, Gloria Okafor, an auxiliary nurse in Okigwe, Imo State, and Mrs. Lillian Achumba, founder of Mma Child Care Centre, Rehabilitation and Motherless Babies Home in Isiala Ngwa, Imo State.
Ngozi, who lives in Imo State, allegedly steals the babies from Onitsha and takes them to Imo, where they are sold to the highest bidder.
Nweke said: “Mrs. Monday Ogba, who lives in Obosi, brought a story to my office about how her eight-month old baby girl, Uchechi, was stolen from her house help by a woman (Ngozi), who pretended to be her relation. The house help described the woman and after some investigation, Ngozi was sighted at Lokpa Nta, Umunnochi Local Government Area of Imo State.
“I went to the village, pretending to be a customer and invited a policeman from Akparata Police Station, who arrested her. When I returned to Anambra, I reported the development at Obosi Police Station, where Mrs. Ogba had earlier reported the matter, and Ngozi was brought to Awada, where the crime was committed.”
It was learnt that Ngozi has confessed to the crimes. She said she works with Gloria, who keeps the babies until they are sold.
via The Nation
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