by Isi Esene
The Rivers State police command have smashed a syndicate which specialises in selling new babies. Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Ben Ugwuegbulam, who confirmed the development, said the Police arrested two suspects, a husband and his wife, involved in the illicit trade.
He said the two are specialised in kidnapping girls and arranging for them to get pregnant, they would then hide the pregnant girls in their custody until they delivered babies for sale.
Ugwuegbulam said the suspects confessed that as soon as the girls deliver, they would sell the babies. He said: “Rivers State Police Command had arrested one Chigozie John and his wife, Akwarama and rescued three pregnant women held as captives in the suspects’ place of residence in Akpajo.
“On interrogation, the husband and wife confessed to the offence of trafficking in new babies and further admitted that the three pregnant women found in their house were procured to deliver babies that would be sold as soon as they were delivered of their babies.”
He added that investigation was on to unravel details of the clandestine operation of the suspects.