The Imo State Police Police Command has arrested a woman, Nkechi and her accomplices for allegedly selling off her neighbor’s five-year-old boy, for N30, 000. The child, Goddey Awobi, was left under the care of his siblings by her mother, Chidinma Awobi.
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Imo State Police Commissioner, Bolaji Fafowora, who paraded the suspects yesterday, said the mother of the victim, had gone to work when her neighbor who is also her friend lured her son and sold him to Ndukwe, from Isiukwuato in Abia State. However, Nkechi who claimed to be a friend of the victim’s mother while admitting her crime said she gave the baby to Ndukwe who said he had a woman, Mrs. Edo Monday from Akwa Ibom in dire need of a baby boy.
Ndukwe further alleged that Monday only paid her N30, 000 and asked him to use it for Christmas celebration.
Further interrogation, according to the police CP, revealed that Mrs. Monday is another syndicate who allegedly sold the baby to an agent, Chinaka, at the Anambra State welfare, for N850, 000.
Fafowora told newsmen that his men swung into action when the matter was reported to them and apprehended the suspects. The child has since been reunited with his parents, while the investigation is ongoing, Fafowora said.
Philomena Ngozi Christopher-Oji was born to the family of the late Michael and Cecilia Ojeogwu of Ubulu-Uku, in Aniocha South Local Government Area, Delta State. She had her primary and secondary education in Nwanoli and Ezemu Girls College, in Ubulu-Uku, before she proceeded to the Delta State University, Abraka, where she studied English and Literary Studies.