A group of four women who conspired and sold a newborn baby of a teenage mother in their custody for N1,500,000 have been arrested by officials of the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
Three of the women were arrested near Abuja, while the fourth suspect was apprehended in Owerri.
Two of the women, Bernadette Ihezuo and Cecilia Onyema are civil servants with the Federal Ministry of Finance Abuja, and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, respectively while a third suspect, Okasi Ekeoma, is said to be Onyema’s sister. The fourth is the baby’s grandmother Harrieth Nmezi.
According to reports, Nmezi’s 16 year old daughter got pregnant in Imo state and was driven to Onyema’s house where she lived till she was delivered of the baby and the other women completed the buying and selling of the child.
The baby has however been rescued, while the suspects have confessed to the crime.