Lovers nabbed for stran­gling their eight- month-old boy in Ebonyi

• Mother, four oth­ers ar­raigned for try­ing to sell baby

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - THE METRO SECTION - From Nnamdi Akpa, Abaka­liki and Isa Ab­dul­salami Ahovi, Jos

EBONYI State Po­lice Com­mand has ar­rested one Ahmed Aji­bore, 36, and his 17- year-old lover-girl, Chidimma Igwe for al­legedly stran­gling their eight-month- old son to death.

The Com­mand Po­lice Pub­lic Re­la­tions Of­fi­cer, ASP Loveth Odah, said the duo would soon be charged to court for killing their baby. The boy’s re­mains had been ex­humed and au­topsy con­ducted, the po­lice spokesper­son said. She noted that the in­ci­dent oc­curred at No. 4 Obubra Street, Abaka­liki Ebonyi State, while Ahmed, a tri­cy­cle me­chanic at 72, Ogoja Road Abaka­liki re­sides at Je­meni Street, Abaka­liki. He hails from Osun State.

The­guardian learnt that Ahmed al­legedly ab­ducted the girl, who was pre­par­ing for her WAEC this year, and im­preg­nated her. This made Chidimma’s aunt and her hus­band, who adopted her, af­ter her fa­ther’s death, to worry over her where­abouts.

Ahmed re­port­edly took Chidimma to Onit­sha, Anam­bra State, where he ne­go­ti­ated with a baby fac­tory op­er­a­tor, who agreed to keep Chidimma in the fac­tory.

The op­er­a­tor agreed to buy the baby at N400,000. Mean­while, her guardians were still search­ing for her. Chidimma, af­ter some months, es­caped from the fac­tory and came back to Abaka­liki and re­united with her aunt. Ahmed met Chidimma in the night and or­dered her to kill their son, Em­manuel.

Ahmed gave Chidimma N3,000 and a tiny wire to stran­gle the eight-mon­thold boy to death. He al­legedly told her that “Yoruba don’t al­low their blood to stay out­side”.

Chidimma’s aunt, Mrs. Love­lyn Nwode, said Chidimma used wire to kill Em­manuel.

Nwode said when she came back from her shop, Chidimma told her that Ahmed, who im­preg­nated her, met her in the kitchen while she was wash­ing plates.

She said Ahmed asked her to open her hand and im- me­di­ately she did, he dropped a piece of wire and N3,000 and told her that “Yoruba don’t al­low their blood to stay out­side.” She said im­me­di­ately she col­lected the wire and money, she lost her senses and started be­hav­ing strangely.

The aunt said Chidimma be­came so rest­less and started de­stroy­ing her hus­band’s prop­erty in­clud­ing their tele­vi­sion set. “In the morn­ing, I went to the mar­ket. While com­ing back, I heard that she had al­ready killed the baby. When I en­tered my house, I saw peo­ple in­side. They were cry­ing. I am very an­gry over the in­ci­dent be­cause in my life, I have never seen such a thing”.

Nwode’s elder brother, Stephen Ide­jimba, called for jus­tice on the mat­ter, de- scrib­ing it as tragedy that be­fell the fam­ily . “I am to­tally sad on what hap­pened. It is a big tragedy. I was in La­gos when I got the news and I couldn’t con­trol my emo­tion. I de­cided to rush down home over the mat­ter. I will like jus­tice to take its course on this mat­ter,” he said. Sim­i­larly, five per­sons, in­clud­ing the mother of a four-month-old baby, who con­spired among them­selves to sell the baby, have been ar­raigned be­fore a Jos High Court for an of­fence of il­le­gal crim­i­nal con­spir­acy. The ac­cused per­sons, who ap­peared be­fore the court yes­ter­day, were San­dra Ishaku, the mother of the baby, and Amechi Em­manuel, Gla­dys Chuk­wuma, Rose Onu and Bar­ris­ter Osim Jones Usim who wanted to buy the baby.

The of­fence was com­mit­ted in May 2017 at No 7, Suzi Gar­den, Tafawa Balewa Street in Jos North Lo­cal Coun­cil, Plateau State. The ac­cused were also charged with child traf­fick­ing for of­fer­ing the baby for sale for N100,000. The third count charge was an of­fence of il­le­gal fa­cil­i­ta­tion of ar­range­ments to foster a child, which only re­ferred to the last four ac­cused per­sons.

Jus­tice Chris­tine Dabup, ad­journed the mat­ter to Fe­bru­ary 19, next year.

Ebonyi State Po­lice Com­mis­sioner, Ti­tus Lamorde

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Nigeria

© PressReader. All rights reserved.