Child traf­fick­ing: Mother, daugh­ter in po­lice net in Abia

Daily Trust - - CRIME - From Li­nus Ef­fiong, Umuahia

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.

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