One Mr Onyekachi Ekwelum, who allegedly sold his six-month-old son to raise funds to process his travel documents, would be appearing before a magistrate in court to defend his action.
Mr Ekwelum allegedly hatched and executed the act without the consent
of the wife, but the lid was blown off by his 20-year-old spouse Ozioma
when she could not find their son and reported the matter to the
police. Her husband had wanted to travel to Greece.
The Abia State commissioner of Police, Mr Usman Abubakar Tilli, who
disclosed this to newsmen in his office on Monday said the police
mounted a man hunt that led to the rescue of the child and the arrest of
CP Tilli warned criminals to stay off the state as there would be no
hiding place for them and said the suspects have been charged to court.
T he Commissioner who expresses concern over spate of child
trafficking said that on March 4 this year Mr Chidiebere Samuel of
Ovungwu in IsialaNgwa south Local government area that his wife
Odinaka Samuel connived with a nurse Monica Benjamin who delivered her
baby girl and sold the child at N150, 000.
Describing such acts as inhuman, he said the suspects in the
criminal transaction have been apprehended and charged to an Umuahia
In a similar incident in Amoji Isiala Ngwa north local
government the commissioner said that a man Mr Oluchukwu Ogidi
reported that his wife Kelechi on March 16 connived with one Dr Williams
Oruwa who delivered her baby and sold the newborn baby boy for N350.He
also said the suspects have been arrested and charged to court even as
he revealed that in the course of investigation three pregnant women
allegedly harboured by the suspect possibly to have their babies sold
after delivery were discovered.