Published On: Mon, May 15th, 2017

A day old baby sold for #250,000

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A 22 year old lady along with six other suspects have been arrested by operatives of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos state Police Command for allegedly selling a day old baby.
The baby was said to have been sold for N250,000.

The suspect one Onyinyechi Osoneye, was arrested by the operatives who had been working on a two month intelligence about the sale of the baby to a couple Mr and Mrs John Chukwu of 34, Odeleye Aina Street, Okota, Lagos.

During interrogation, Onyinyechi confessed to the sale of the baby with the connivance of her mother, Mrs Joy Osoneye who helped her with tricks to conceal the pregnancy from her father because of her father’s position never to have a child out of wedlock.

It was gathered that the man who impregnated her denied the paternity of the baby.

Investigation by the police revealed that Onyinyechi was admitted to an Hospital in Ikota, Lekki – Ajah Expressway, where Mrs. Glory Ehinmi, 35 delivered her of a baby boy on March 1st, 2017 and the baby was transferred to Peculiar Hospital in Orile.

The police said that Onyeyechi , earlier denied the fact that she was pregnant and sold her baby but later burst into tears when she found out that the secret could no longer be covered.

She revealed that Mrs Glory Ehinmi took the baby from her at the point of delivery and gave him to Mrs Prisca Okocha, 45, her sister and the owner of Peculiar Hospital, Orile, who offered Onyinyechi’s mother N250,000.

RRS findings show during the course of investigation, that Mrs. Prisca Okocha thereafter contacted Mrs Regina Anyanwu, 59 who subsequently brought the buyers, Mrs and Mr Ike Nwata.

Mrs. Okocha confessed that she sold the baby for N850, 000 but gave the mother N250, 000.

It was further learnt that the couple that bought the baby were desperately in need of a child and later organised a party to celebrate the baby’s arrival.

Mrs. Nwata was reported to have stayed away from the residence of his husband while the search for a baby was going on.
She revealed to the police that she had been pretending to be pregnant each and every time she went to the husband house.

Mrs. Glory Ehinmi during interrogation disclosed that what she did to Onyinyechi was a favour.
She added that the idea to conceal the baby was enough to suffocate the baby. She pointed out that she enrolled her for antenatal and fed her till she was delivered of the baby.

Efforts to arrest the man who impregnated Onyinyechi, her mother and father proved abortive as they were reported to be on the run.

The Lagos Police Command PRO Olarinde Famous-cole advised people to be wary of the kind of hospital they patronize and to disclose a timely information on hospitals where such act are being carried out in the state.

The baby has been handed over to the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs while five suspects have been transferred to Gender Office, State Headquarters, Ikeja for further interrogation.

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