A 22 year old lady along with six other suspects have been arrested by the Decoy Team of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos Police Command over the sale of a day old baby for the sum of N250,000:00.
The lady, Miss Onyinyechi Osoneye, was arrested on Wednesday by the operatives who were working on a two month intelligence gathering over the sale of a baby to Mr and Mrs John Chukwu of 34, Odeleye Aina Street, Okota, Lagos.
In an interrogation, Onyinyechi confirmed the sale of the baby with the connival of her mother, Mrs Joy Osoneye who helped her with tricks to conceal the pregnancy from her father knowing her father’s strict position on having a child out of wedlock.
It was further revealed that the man who impregnated her had on being informed of the pregnancy denied the paternity of the baby.
Investigation by the RRS decoy team revealed that Onyinyechi was admitted to an hospital in Ikota, Lekki-Ajah Expressway, where Mrs. Glory Ehinmi, 35 delivered the lady of a baby boy on March 1st, 2017 and the baby was transferred to Peculiar Hospital in Orile.
The RRS decoy team recalled when Onyeyechi was arrested that she had denied the fact that she was pregnant and sold her baby. She was reported to have thereafter burst into tears on further interrogations.
She disclosed that Mrs Glory Ehinmi took the baby from her at the point of delivery and gave him to Mrs Prisca Okocha, 45, her sister and the owner of Peculiar Hospital, Orile, who offered Onyinyechi’s mother N250,000.
RRS findings showed during the course of investigation, that Mrs. Prisca Okocha thereafter contacted Mrs Regina Anyanwu, 59 who subsequently brought the buyers, Mrs and Mr Ike Nwata.
Mrs. Okocha confessed to investigators that she sold the baby for N850, 000 but gave the mother N250, 000.
It was further learnt that the buying couple who were desperately in need of a child organised a huge party to celebrate the baby’s arrival.
Mrs. Nwata was reported to have stayed away from the residence of her husband while the search for a baby was going on. She owned up to the investigators that she had been pretending to be pregnant each and every time she went to the husband house.
Mrs. Glory Ehinmi during interrogation disclosed that what she did to Onyinyechi was a favour. She added that the idea to conceal the baby was enough to suffocate the baby. She pointed out that she enrolled her for antenatal and fed her till she was delivered of the baby.
Efforts to arrest the man who impregnated Onyinyechi, her mother and father proved abortive as they were reported to be on the run.
The Lagos Police Command PRO Olarinde Famous-cole advised people to be wary of the kind of hospital they patronize and prompt the general public to disclose a timely information on hospitals where such act are being carried out in the state.
The baby has been handed over to the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs while five suspects have been transferred to Gender Office, State Headquarters, Ikeja for further investigations.