The Rivers State police command has halted the sale of a day old baby on Tuesday, August 11.
Confirming this, the Rivers state police spokesperson, SP Nnamdi Omoni said operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad stopped the sale at Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local government area of the state and also arrested a 56-year-old woman identified as Florence Jonah in connection to the crime.
It was alleged that she conspired with the father of the child to sell the baby to waiting buyers at the cost of Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (N900,000). The father of the baby who was also arrested led security operatives to Better life Clinic in Eneka, where the child was recovered and handed over to his real mother, Rejoice Izuchukwu.
The statement read “Operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in a covert operation at the early hours of today 11/8/2030 cracked a Child Trafficking Syndicate at Igwuruta, Ikwerre LGA, where one Florence Jonah, a 56-year-old woman was arrested.
“She is alleged to have conspired with the father of the child, one Izuchukwu Success to sell him to waiting buyers at a cost of Nine Hundred Thousand Naira (900,000). Upon his arrest, the father led the Police to Better life Clinic, Eneka, where the child who had been sold, was eventually recovered and handed over to his real mother, Rejoice Izuchukwu. Both mother and child are in stable condition. The suspects arrested are Florence Jonah ‘f’ 56yrs, Ogum Ifeoma ‘f’ 22yrs, Beauty Nnodim ‘f’ 25yrs, Isabella Chika ‘f’ 20yrs’ and Blessing Udoh ‘f’ 20yrs.”
The suspects are reportedly helping the Command in its investigation and will be charged to court soon. [LIB]