NAPTIP ARRESTS FOUR WOMEN FOR SELLING NEWBORN BABY FOR N1.5M IN ABUJA
Officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) have arrested four women for selling a newborn baby for N1.5m in Abuja.
The baby’s teenage mother hails from Owerri, in Imo State.
Two of the women, Bernadette Ihezuo and Cecilia Onyema are civil servants with the Federal Ministry of Finance Abuja, and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, respectively.
The third suspect, Okasi Ekeoma, is said to be Cecilia Onyema’s sister, while the fourth suspect is the baby’s grandmother Harrieth Nmezi.
All of them were paraded by NAPTIP on Thursday, September 3rd, 2020, in Abuja.
According to reports, Harrieth Nmezi’s 16-year-old daughter got pregnant in Imo and was driven to Onyema’s house where she lived till she was delivered of the baby.
Upon delivery, the Harrieth, and the other women sold the child for N1.5M, it was learnt.
The baby is said to have been rescued, while the suspects have confessed to the crime, it was gathered.
Also, in Kwara, officials of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) in Kwara State have arrested a woman and an alleged accomplice in connection with the trafficking of a 15-year-old girl.
The woman simply identified as Madam Hauwa, and Bala Suleiman were said to have brought the teenager from Togo to Nigeria.
Two non-government organisations, Women Environment and Youth Development Initiatives (WOYODEV) and Child Protection Network (CPN-Kwara) brought the case to the attention of the civil defence corps in the state.
They said the victim was taken from Togo to Nigeria to work as a house-help.
Hauwa was alleged to have been bringing in children from neighbouring countries to work in Nigeria, telling them to abscond from their principals and switch to new employers.