Police Arrest Couple Who Bought Month-old Baby for N30,000 in Anambra

Police Arrest Couple Who Bought Month-old Baby for N30,000 in Anambra

David-Chyddy Eleke in Awka

Police in Anambra State have arrested a couple for trafficking one month old baby into Anambra State from Lagos.

The couple confessed to buying the child for N30,000, after they were arrested at Bridgehead Onitsha, while travelling into Anambra from Lagos, after a tip off by a fellow passenger. 

A press release issued by the spokesperson of the Anambra State Police Command, DSP. Tochukwu Ikenga, said: “The interception was made at Bridgehead in Onitsha on December 17, 2023.

“The couples were travelling in a luxury bus belonging to a popular transport company with the baby when a co-passenger observed that the mother could not breastfeed the baby despite its cry for food in the course of the journey.

“The good Samaritan put a call through to Anambra Police on its Control Room hotline in Awka, which then relayed the information to the police at Bridgehead in Onitsha.

“The police laid in wait for the luxury bus described and intercepted it in the evening hours. The couple and the baby were identified and brought down for questioning.

“They confessed buying the child from its mother in Ajah, Lagos for the sum of N30,000.”

Ikenga said that the Commissioner of Police, CP. Aderemi Adeoye, thanked the public spirited citizen for his concern and giving the information that led to the rescue of the child.

He added that he has directed that the couple be handed to National Agency for Prohibition in Trafficking of Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation and prosecution, while the baby has been handed to the Ministry of Women Affairs for care by the state government.

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