35 Years Old Mother In Police Net For Selling Baby After Birth

The State Police Command had said that it is in custody of a 35-year old woman for selling a month old baby after delivery.

The commissioner of police, Mr Imohimi Edgal, who stated this during a media briefing at the police headquarters, Ikot Akpan Abia, Uyo, said also arrested along with the mother of the baby, Peace Archibong Umoh, was the buyer, Nseabasi James Ukpong aged 45 years.

Edgal explained that Peace Umoh who hails from Ikot Akpan in Essien Udim Local Government Area, had put to birth a male child and thereafter allegedly sold the child to Nseabasi James Ukpong from Ikot Ekpene.

The police boss said the command also arrested one Ifeoma James Inalegwu, 52 years of Okigwe, Imo State and Joy Njoku Patrick, 40 years from Ikwerre, Rivers State to court for child trafficking.

Weekend Pioneer gathered that the suspects will appear in court for conspiring and pretending to assist one Victory Anietie Okon, 22 years of Nung Udoe Village, Ibesikpo Asutan Local Government, who after giving birth, needed assistance from them for the upkeep of the child.

Edgal told journalists that also arrested for child trafficking was one Grace Moffat Udofia, 36 years, from Edem Idim Okpo Ete, Obot Akara Local Government. Grace was found in possession of a four month old baby, but could not account on how the baby was born.

The baby according to the CP, was rescued from her and sent to the Ministry of Women Affairs, while investigation continues.

He said the police equally nabbed 17 cult suspects in Oruk Anam while four were apprehended along Uyo / Ikot Ekpene Road. Weekend Pioneer gathered that on August 8, 2020, some cultists invaded Inen Ikot Obio Idang village in Oruk Anam Local Government and following a distressed call, operatives of Oruk Anam Division proceeded to the scene where the corpse of one Uffot Benson Ofong, a suspected cultist of the same address was recovered.

Those arrested in Oruk Anam were Abasifreke Friday Dickson, Emem Asuquo Unwene, Aniefon Emmanson Akpan, Sunday Bassey Jackson, Victor Imo Samuel, Imo Friday Ekpo, Ekemini Samuel Ambrose, Godday Friday James, Nsikak Ime Ubokudom and Emeyak Joseph Itiat. Others were Okoro Okereke Nta, Uduakobong Sunday Ekanem, Kufre James Marak, Etieno Friday Sampson, Ndifreke Ofonime Amos, Ndianaobong Sunday Tom and one Isaac.

The CP explained that the arrest of the suspects, Kingsley Ekpenyong, Michael Akpanobot, Boniface Eshiet and David Okuk by operative of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) came through a reliable information by concernd member of the public.

He said the suspects who hail from Ikono Local Governmental were arrested along Ikot Ekpo's/ Uyo Road, stressing that during interrogation, they all admitted being members of the Black Axe confraternity. Edgal listed items recovered from them as one locally made pistol and a.single barrel long gun.

Edgal told journalists that operatives of the Anti-Narcotic Squad acting on a creditable intelligence arrested one Frank Ichikpro, aged 48 and Ifeanyi Esegue 39 years, both of them hail from Delta State. Weekend Pioneer learnt that the two specialize in trailing and robbing unsuspecting bank customers after withdrawal of money. Report revealed that the suspects trailed a customer from one of the commercial banks in the state to supermarket along Oron Road, broke into his car with a master key, and stole the sum of N1.5M.

The suspects were said to have confessed being members of a four-man gang operating with a Highlander and Lexus jeeps. Exhibits recovered from the suspects include: one Highlander jeep with Reg. No. KRD 361 FX, a sum of N160 million and a master key. The police commissioner said the police are also holding a fake soldier with No. 09/62/1052 Lance Corporal John Lucas of Bauchi State and one Godwin Manas of Odieke village, Rivers State.

The suspects were said to have snatched an ash colour Toyota Corolla Car 2008 model with Reg. No. KWL 837 AX from a lady along Ada George Road in Port Harcourt.

The said stolen car was recovered including other exhibits: a complete set of army camouflage with a pair of boot.

The suspects confessed snatching the recovered car at gun point. The police boss said on completion of investigation, they will be charged to court

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