Two women, Chizoba Eze and Amaka Eze , have been arrested by the Imo State Police Command for allegedly buying newborn twins , Emmanuel and Emmanuela, for N 1. 8 m in Umuahia , Abia State.
The women , who were said to be from Enugu State, were paraded on Monday by the Imo State Police Public Relations Officer , Andrew Enwerem , who said the suspects were intercepted on Owerri – Aba Road .
The suspects were paraded on Monday alongside six others , who also allegedly abducted and sold nine other children .
The police spokesperson , who decried the rise in abduction of children , said there was a coordinated operation by the state command to eradicate the anomaly .
Emwerem said , “ In our ongoing onslaught against child trafficking , operatives of the command have rescued newborn twins from suspected child traffickers .
“ The twins , a boy and a girl, were rescued on Owerri – Aba Road following a coordinated operation by the command .
“ The suspects , who impersonated the mother of the twins , have made useful statements. We will charge them to court at the end of investigation .”
The PPRO advised parents to be mindful of those they left their children with , saying child trafficking was an absurdity .
According to Enwerem , the crackdown on child traffickers was as a result of the community policing strategies of the Inspector -General of Police in the state .
Enwerem accused the six other women that were paraded of being in the business of buying and selling of children .
He said operatives of the Federal Special Anti – Robbery Squad in the state police command rescued nine children stolen from their parents and guardians in Owerri and Benin by the suspects .
He said , “ On August 15 , on Douglas Road , Owerri , FSARS operatives , led by Banjoko Oluwemimo , an Assistant Superintendent of Police, acting on reliable information, arrested two suspects – Chioma Emeka (34 ) , of Okigwe Local Government Area of Imo State and Happiness Peter (22 ) , of Iyala Ogoja LGA of Cross River State. ”
He said other suspects were arrested in Imo , Edo and Lagos states , while their victims (children ) were rescued.
He gave the names of the suspects asTheresa Asiegbu , Chioma Emeka , Happiness Peter , Martina Nwadike and Martha Ojimba.
The police spokesperson also gave the names of the rescued children as Somtochukwu Obiduba , Kosarachi Obiduba, Onyinyechi Okpala , Divine Anyaka, Wunmi Habeeb , Chisere Nwadike and one Ndubuisi.
Enwerem said , “ Immediately the suspects steal a child , they will change his or her name to erase suspicion . So, parents and guardians , whose children are missing , are advised to report to the Public Relations Department of the Imo State Police Command for the identification and collection of their children .
One of the suspects , Eze , said she paid N 1 .8 m through an arrangement , called sceptic pregnancy, to have the twins .
Another suspect, Ojimba, confessed that she sold one of the babies for N 300, 000.
A man , whose two children were handed over to him during the parade , Mike Nkwo , said they were stolen on their way to a coaching class in 2015.