By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—A widow, Ogechi Chukwuocha, has said the desire for a male child made her buy a 10-month-old baby for N650,000 in Imo State, because “my husband is dead and I do not have a male child. I do not know that the child was stolen.”
Among those paraded with Chukwuocha, during the handing over of the child to the parents, Mrs Udoka Peter, at the police headquarters in Owerri, include Mrs. Calister Igwe, seller of the child, and Mrs. Chimezie Okafor, who claimed to be the sister to the buyer.
The Police Public Relations Officers, Mr. Andrew Enwerem, said that the child was recovered at Orlu Local Government Area of Imo State.
According to Andrew, “the child was abducted on June 15 and recovered on June 20. We got a report from the mother of the baby, Udoka Peter, that her child, a 10 months old baby, was missing.
“She said she gave her child to one Mrs. Favour Nwokem, to collect something inside her room and before she came out, Favour had disappeared with her child. Immediately, the Command swung into action and arrested three of them, while one Mrs. Favour Nwokem is still at large.”
The suspects confessed to the crime and said that it was a mistake.
According to the buyer of the child, Ogechi Chukwuocha, “I bought the child for N650,000. My husband is dead and I do not have a male child. That is why I want the child. I did not know that the child was stolen.”