By Harris-Okon Emmanuel
UYO—The Police in Akwa Ibom State have arrested a grandmother, Ekaette Obot, for stealing and selling her granddaughter for N200,000.
Obot, who claimed to be 27 years old, stated that she did menial jobs and that she sold the child to free her daughter, Blessing Okon, aged 18, from the burden of motherhood.
Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, said Obot, who is also pregnant, told the Police that as soon as she put to bed, she will sell the baby.
The Police boss disclosed that the Command also arrested 275 other suspects over sundry offences, including murder, robbery, kidnapping, rape, cultism, among others.
He added that some of the suspects had been charged to court, others were being investigated, while the Police had prosecuted 193 cases and secured 23 convictions.
According to him, items recovered from the hoodlums included 19 locally-made pistols, one pump action gun, one AK-47 rifle, one Toyota Camry saloon car with number plates CAL 584 NF, one Toyota Corolla, number plates AA 50 NRJ, and 52 rounds ammunition.
He said the Police also rescued one Mrs. Comfort Joshua, 83, from kidnappers in Etim Ekpo Local Government Area, adding that two of her abductors were killed during exchange of gunfire with the Police.
His words: “We also rescued a two-year four months old child, Miss Bassey, from her abductors in Abia State, where six suspects were arrested.
“A four-year-old child, one Monday, was rescued from her abductors along Aka Road, by IBB Roundabout, Uyo, and four suspects have been arrested.”