Newly Born Baby.
By Ike Ohakwe.
The Oyo Police Command has arrested a grandfather, known as Monday Chukwuka, for selling a day-old baby his grandchild for N700,000.
This was disclosed to newsmen in Oyo, by the State Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, Adewale Osifeso, on Sunday.
On how he was arrested, the Police said Chukwuka, was apprehended based on credible intelligence, from his hideout at the Ibafo area of Ogun State.
However, the grandfather alleged to have been sold because he could not carter for the needs of the baby and mother.
The police further said: “On July 10, 2023, an actionable intelligence report was received by a team of Police operatives attached to the Command Monitoring, Oyo State, about the ‘harvesting of a day-old baby girl’ from her teenage mother, identified as Sarah Chukwuka, in Oyo town and the sale of the girl-child to a criminal cartel that operates a baby factory in Abia State.
“The suspect further explained in detail how he moved the day-old baby to Abia State, where he sold her to the owner of a baby factory located at Obehi, Okwa West, in Abia State for N700,000.
“Investigation was extended to Abia State, and in the process of a coordinated raid on the baby factory, a female suspect identified as Popoola Bunmi and four other accomplices, whose names are Chinwedu Peter, Chidinma Blessing, Chuckwu Christopher, and Favour Chukwu, were all apprehended in connection with the criminal activity.”
In addition, one of the suspects, Favour Chukwuka, in the child syndicate business, was quoted to have said: “I bought the baby from Monday, claimed another suspected couple gave her the job to look for a baby because of their childlessness, pocketed N50,000 and handed over N650,000 to him (Monday).”