Nigerian Police Arrest Couple In Anambra For Buying One-Month-Old Baby For N30,000

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Operatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Anambra State Command have arrested a couple for buying a one-month-old baby at the sum of N30,000.

The Anambra State Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Tochukwu Ikenga, who made this known in a statement made available to journalists in Awka on Tuesday said the two were arrested at Bridgehead in Onitsha on Sunday on their way from Lagos State.

According to the police spokesperson, the couple 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 to buying the child from its mother in Ajah, Lagos for the sum of N30,000.”

Ikenga stated that the Commissioner of Police, Aderemi Adeoye, who thanked the public spirited citizen for his humane concern in giving the information that led to the rescue of the child, commended the police operatives for their vigilance and dedication to duty.

“He has directed that the couple be handed to the National Agency for Prohibition in Trafficking of Persons (NAPTIP) for further investigation and prosecution.

“Meanwhile the baby has been handed to the Ministry of Women Affairs for care by the State Government.”

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