The Edo State Police Command, yesterday, paraded two suspects, Nosa Iyere, 62 and Juliet Agbonifo, 45 for allegedly selling and buying a nine-day-old stolen baby girl. Iyere was said to have sold the tot to Juliet Agbonifo at Ogida in Benin City, Edo State.
Spokesman of the Command, SP Chidi Nwabuzor, while parading the suspects, explained that Iyere, a retired Nurse who operates a maternity clinic by name Uyiosa Maternity, sold the the baby to Agboifo, a petty trader, at the cost of N400,000.
“The Command in an attempt to fight crime and criminality and make peace and tranquility reign in Edo State, has made some achievements which is the recovery of a nine day-old-baby stolen and sold by two suspects. The Divisional Police Officer of the Ogida Command acting on a credible information that a certain woman by name Juliet Agboifo, 45, was about to procure a child at the Teachers House, Ogida, moved to the scene, arrested the woman who led detective to the seller, Wilfred Nosa Iyere. The two have been arrested”.
Nwabuzor added that the suspects will soon be charged to court.
Iyere while explaining his involvement, said he operates a maternity clinic and had a lady who was delivered of a baby girl in their facility.
“We have a lady who delivered in our facility by name Prosper Peter and said she doesn’t need the baby and they linked with one of my Nurses and they sold the baby to the woman at the cost of 400,000. I have been calling the mother who said she was coming but I have not seen her”, he stated.
On her part, Mrs Juliet Agbonifo, said she bought the baby at the cost of 400,000 and also paid N20, 000 cost of discharge of the baby.
“I bought the baby from Nosa for 400,000 and paid for the discharge of the baby for 20,000, I have only one son, so I wanted to buy the girl to make it two”, she explained.