By Chinonso Alozie, Owerri
A MOTHER, Chioma Fidelis, age 20, from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state, yesterday, said after selling her baby, Favour Fedelis, not upto a year old, she was given a half bag of rice, chairs and provisions as well as bags of cement to build a house.
Chioma made this confession, while being paraded along side with 40 suspects of other offences by the Imo state commissioner of police, Mr Chris Ezike, at the police headquarters in Owerri.
According to Ezike, the arrest of the child traffickers was made on the 10th of July, 2017 by the surveillance team of the command.
He said that it was as a result of the whistle blowing policy of the command as well as community policing methods.
In her confession, Chioma said: “I got pregnant by mistake. I did not know when the thing entered. When I born the baby I did not money to take care of him.
“So I decided to sell the child. They told me that they sold the child for Seven hundred thousand naira. I did not collect any money from them. They gave me half bag of rice, chairs, provisions and bags of cement which I used to repair my house.” While Mrs. Chidimma Unakala Mgba, age 34, from Mbomiri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of Imo state, who facilitated the role of the baby, said that the mother of the child complained that she could no longer take care of the baby.
“When the mother brought the baby to me and I took the baby to the hospital and the hospital confirmed that the baby was suffering from kwashoko.
“From there, I started taking him to various churches to get healing and I succeeded. I spent one hundred and thirty seven thousand naira. I spent two hundred thousand naira on the mother.”
Speaking to Vanguard, the buyers of the child, a man and his wife, Mr. Jonas and Salomi Anyanwu, from Umunakanu in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo state.
According to Salomi, “It is true that my husband brought the money that we use in buying the child. Let me tell you, because we need the child my husband had to borrow money, 700,000 and give it to Chidimma, and collect the child. “I wanted to reject the child but because of God I collected the child and started training him.” Also paraded was a prison officer, Mr Emmanuel Anyadike, working with Owerri prisons suspected to be coordinating crimes with eight syndicate of kidnapers.
He was arrested at a hotel at night while trying to pay for a hotel room for a member of the syndicate.
One of the suspected members of the gang, Mr Abuchi Vincent, 28, from Mbutu in Abia state, said: “Mr. Anyadike, was coming to give me the money to lodge in a hotel.” According to the Imo state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Chris Ezike, said that three out of the eight syndicate members were gunned down while exchanging gunfire with the police. He also attributed the success of what he described as “harvest of arrest” to the whistle blowing policy of the command. He raised the alarm that the command was not happy the way some inmates organize crimes while in a prison custody.
Ezike said: “We have started reaching out to the organization to know the capacity some inmates have to coordinate crime while in prison custody.”