Ondo State Police Command at the weekend paraded a nurse, Mrs. Chibuzor Okoye who was arrested for selling a baby belonging to a 17-year-old girl, Miss Tessy Obianua to a couple in Onitsha, Anambra State, for the sum of N500,000. The state Commissioner for Police, Mrs. Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, who paraded the nurse and teenage mother at the command headquarters in Akure, said five persons were involved in the child trafficking case.
According to the commissioner, Tessy fell victim to a specialised child trafficker, Mrs. Chibuzor Okoye, who convinced her to sell the baby to Mr. And Mrs. Sunday Kalu, who were desperately looking for a baby. She said the police got a tip off when Tessy’s father, Mr. Henry Obianu, who lives at Ogbese in Akure North LGA of the state, reported to the police that his pregnant daughter was missing.
According to her father, who claimed Tessy ran away while still pregnant in January last year, he said she later resurfaced without the baby or pregnancy in May. After pressure was mounted on Tessy to reveal the whereabouts of the baby, she was said to have confessed to one of her uncles that she sold the baby to a couple in Onitsha. The police investigation also discovered that Tessy was lured to Onitsha by her father’s neighbour, identified as Mr. Jude Azuka who resides in Ogbese.
It was learnt that at the time Tessy was declared missing, she was lured away to Onitsha by Azuka to Okoye’s house who took care of her during the pregnancy until she was delivered of the child.
The police boss said:
Through investigations that led us to Onitsha, the police arrested Mrs. Chibuzor Okoye at No. 3, Tonny Olisa Street, Awada in Onitsha, who specialises in child trafficking. It was Okoye who sold the said baby girl to the couple at No. 8, Uzogwu Street, Onitsha for the sum of N500,000.
She claimed to have given Jude the sum of N200,000, out of which Jude claimed to have bought clothes and shoes for Tessy and also gave her N30,000. Tessy, however, denied collecting N30,000 from Jude. Mrs. Chibuzor thereafter forced Tessy to sign an undertaking that she would never come back for the baby.
Ibifuro-Harrison advised parents to be wary of the antics of criminal elements who disguise as neigbours around their wards.