The Abia State Police Command has paraded four suspects for an alleged illegal adoption and sale of a baby in the state.
It was gathered that one of the suspects, Anurika Collins, identified one Emmanuel Okwechukwu, who had been arrested by the police for alleged child trafficking, as being the receiver of the stolen baby.
Collins has however confessed to the crime which took place two years ago.
She said Okwechukwu came to her residence in company with two other ladies and one newborn baby and told her that they wanted to sell the baby. She added that the only role she played in the transaction was to connect them with the woman who bought the baby from them.
The suspect, who claimed to be a Computer Science student at the Abia State Polytechnics, Aba, said she met Okechukwu for the first time when he brought a pregnant girl to hide in her apartment, but she refused to cooperate with him.
Collins said, “Okechukwu was the person that brought the women who said that they could not take care of their baby and they needed somebody who could abduct the baby.
“I introduced them to a woman who said her sister needed to adopt a baby. They paid for the baby and took over the custody of the child.”
Corroborating Collins’ claim, another suspect identified as Chidinma Okpara, confessed that she was the one that bought the baby at the sum of N600,000 for her sister.
Okpara explained that she became interested in the transaction because of her sister who had been married for 20 years without a child and needed to adopt a child.
She said, “I adopted the baby for my sister with the help of some welfare officers at Aba. They gave us all the documents to prove that the process was genuine. The baby is two years old now.
“My sister is still with all the documents; I was surprised when I was invited by the police and was told that we bought a stolen baby.”
The Police Public Relations Officer in the state, Mr. Geoffrey Ogbonna, confirmed the arrest of the suspects.
Ogbonna said they were arrested following a painstaking investigation by the police to unravel all those involved in the crime for which Okechukwu was arrested earlier.
He added that the suspects would soon be charged to court without further delay.