Child trafficking: Mother, daughter in police net in Abia
The Intelligence Department of the Abia State Police Command has arrested a mother and her 19-year-old daughter over child trafficking.
According to a police statement, “Their arrest followed intelligence received by operatives of the department, that one 19-year-old Chinasa Chidi gave birth to a baby sometime in January, 2015. The mother, Eziaku Chidi, with the connivance of one Martha Ajuzieogu, who claimed to be a midwife in Lawato Hospital at Osisioma, and one Amarachi (who is on the run), sold the child at N150,000.”
According to Chinasa, whose child was sold, she was given N10, 000. 00 to take care of her immediate needs while part of the money was used to pay for her apprenticeship.
Martha Ajuzieogu, who operates an illegal maternity home in her residence, allegedly conspired with one Ngozi, a welfare officer, one Amarachi (both at large), Chinasa and Eziaku to sell the baby shortly after delivery to a yet-to- be-disclosed buyer. Eziaku and Martha claimed that the baby died at the welfare home and the corpse was thrown into a burrow-pit.
The police are working to track down the buyer of the innocent baby.
Martha’s husband, Stanley Ajuzieogu, said he had tried unsuccessfully to stop his wife from the illegal transactions.
Similarly, the police have foiled what would have been a bloody clash between Vikings and Ayez confraternity in the Abia State Polytechnic, Aba.
The clash was averted following the arrest of four suspected cultists and recovery of a locally made pistol with a round of live cartridges.
“Upon information received by the Intelligence Unit of the police in Aba, Abia State, that Vikings and Ayez secret cults were warming up for a clash, operatives moved in, and in collaboration with the school’s security outfit, arrested one Umahi Emeka Titus, an ND II student of Statistics, from whose possession was recovered a locally made pistol with live round of cartridges; Obiyor Darlington Chinonso, HND I, Accounting student, Molongwa-Jesus Agustin, an HND I Computer Science student, suspected to be members of Vikings secret cult and Ochoma MacDonald, a graduate of Computer Science, suspected to be a member of Ayez secret cult.”
The four suspects made useful statements to the police in which they claimed membership of the various cult groups. The suspects are assisting police detectives to identify and fish out other members of these dreaded cult groups so as to bring them to justice.