A 22-year-old single mother, identified as Chinelo Ituma has been arrested by the police in Enugu State for allegedly trading off her new born baby.
We gathered that Chinelo, an indigene of Ebonyi State, residing at New Artisan Market Enugu sold the baby girl for the sum of one hundred and fifty thousand naira.
In a statement issued by the spokesman of the Enugu State Police Command, Ebere Amaraizu, DSP, he said the command has “commenced a full scale investigation into the alleged incident of human trafficking/selling of baby.“The mother of the three months baby girl, a 22 year old woman identified as one Chinelo Ituma from Mgbo Town in Ebonyi State but residing at New Artisan Market Enugu, sold the child to one Maria Asomba from Ubahu Okija in Anambra State, who lives in Asaba”.
He added that “before then, one Esther Obi from Nise in Awka South, residing at woliwo in Onitsha had earlier collected the sum of four hundred and thirty thousand naira from one Nkechi Uzochukwu from Ezegbogu Aboh Mbaise as payment for the same baby”.
We learnt that Uzochukwu opted for buying a child after 10 years of childless marriage.Amaraizu further stated that “the baby girl was eventually bought from Chinelo Ituma, who gave birth out of wedlock and who also claimed that she cannot handle the child’s upbringing.
“She eventually sold the baby girl to Maria, who resold the child to Nkechi Uzochukwu.All the suspects are now helping the police in their investigations as the baby girl has also been recovered by the operatives.