December 8, 2023

December 8, 2023

Police Recover Five-Month-Old Baby Sold By Mother In Ebonyi

The Ebonyi State Police Command has recovered and reunited a five-month-old baby sold out by her biological mother out of frustration and hardship.


The commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, disclosed this in a statement signed by the police public relation officer, SP Chris Anyanwu, and made available to journalists in Abakaliki.


According to Anyanwu, “Ola Echegbu Chima, a 20-year-old girl, a native of Amangwu Edda in Afikpo-South L.G.A, was impregnated out of wedlock in the year 2021 by Jonah Ogbonna Ogbuagu of same address.


“On 12th April 2022, she put to bed, but a few days after sold the child to Elechi Ann Mma, owner of a local maternity home and native of Ezi Okpani, Evuma village in Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi State, who was already arrested for another offence of child-trafficking.


“So on behalf of Ebonyi State Police Command, I am handing over the baby recovered through the joint efforts of SP Philip Agu-led Crack Squad and SP Miliscent Amad-led D7 team of detectives attached to the SCIID in Abakaliki, back to his biological mother, Ola Echegbu Chima, for care and upkeep pending further developments,” he said


Anyanwu on behalf of the commissioner, encouraged good-spirited members of the public and philanthropists to extend the milk of human kindness in them by giving care and hope to the mother and child.


Recall that on 15th September 2022, a three-year old boy, Testimony, who was stolen, sold and resold by a syndicate of child-traffickers from Rivers, Ebonyi and Enugu states, was handed over to his biological mother also.


About three policemen were wounded when an unspecified number of gunmen Wednesday night invaded the Abia State Criminal Investigation Department, CID, headquarters of the Nigeria Police, located at Uzuakoli Road.


Details of the invasion are still sketchy at the time of filing this report but a source said one of the cops was matched by the invaders while two were shot.


The victims were said to have been rushed to the hospital for treatment.


There were also fears that the armoury of the station might have been raided by the attackers but efforts to confirm the attack were unsuccessful as the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Geoffrey Ogbonna did not pick up calls put across to him.


The facility was sometime last year invaded by unknown gunmen who burnt part of the premises after freeing the inmates.


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