By Henshaw Nyong |
The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has recovered a baby boy, who was carted away three days after birth, and officially handed him back to his biological mother, Esther Joshua Johnny of Oboyo Ikot Eta, Nsit Ibom Local Government Area of the state.
The State Assistant Commissioner of Police, (ACP) Mike Okoli, of the State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), made this known to journalists, Monday, 27th April, in a press briefing at the command Headquarters in Uyo.
“Gentlemen, you would recall that in my previous briefing, I highlighted and enumerated people arrested in a case of child theft. I did mention how a-three-day-old baby boy, one David, was taken away and handed over to one quack Doctor in Port Harcourt, thereafter the baby was sold to one woman for a fee of N300,000, which she later took him (baby David) to Abuja”, said the ACP, Mike Okoli.
According to the police boss, “when a team of detectives from the State Police Headquarters, Uyo, swung into action, the quack Doctor nabbed and detained, the fleeing buyer upon realizing the pressure put in by the police to recover baby David, quietly took the Child back to the doctor’s clinic in Port Harcourt, where our detectives recovered him “.
However, investigation by the police revealed that the biological mother of the baby, one Esther Johnny, actually sold little David.
“Shockingly, it was David’s biological mother that actually sold him on the premise that she has two children already (with David as the third), and would not be able to provide for his upkeep.
“My men also divulged that Esther, who is yet to be married, has been taken in, deliver and sale”, said Okoli.
When quizzed, Esther, who said she is 18 years old, admitted selling little David, but vowed never to indulge in such odious act again.
The baby was handed over to the mother, Esther Joshua Johnny, by the State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nwawe Cordelia.
Meanwhile, Nigerians should note that it is a crime to sell or buy babies. Therefore, instead of taking the risk of stealing or buying babies from racketeers, couples looking for children should go through legal adoption process. A word is enough for the wise!