By Chidi Nkwopara
OWERRIâ€”Imo State Police Command has arrestedÂ five persons, including the Medical doctor in charge of Ahiazu Mbaise General Hospital, Dr. Gordian Nwambara, for alleged child theft. The child was allegedly sold for N342,000.
Briefing the press onÂ the incident, the Area Commander of the Nigeria Police, Okigwe, Mr. Paul Aliu, an Assistant Commissioner of Police, gave the names of the other arrested persons as Euphemia Alagor, Ann Nwangwu, Justina Uwakonye, Nkeiru Maduka, adding that Ijeoma Uzochukwu is still at large.
â€œThe stolen baby boy was harboured by Dr. Nwambara for two days before Mrs. Oluchi Ihechigbo sent her cousin, who paid and collected the babyâ€, he said.
According to Aliu,Â â€œDr. Nwambara and Euphemia Alagor, who is a staff of Okigwe Local Government Area but claims to be a social welfare officer, were into an illegal child adoption businessâ€.
HeÂ said investigations showed that the couple had confidence in the medical doctor and did not bother to ask of the source of the baby, adding that when they asked for the documents to back up the adoption, Nwambara told them not to worry.
Meanwhile, the Chief Magistrate Court 1, in Okigwe, had surprisingly adjourned the matter to December 8, 2009, and ordered that the baby should not be given to the mother but should be taken to the Motherless Babies Home.
â€œThe police has not obeyed this order because the magistrate refused to sign any warrant to this effect and simply adjourned the matter in his chamber to December 8, 2009â€, the Area Commander added.