The Abia State Police Command has reportedly arrested a 22-year-old mother identified as Blessing Chukwu, who reportedly sold her baby.
The arrested mother who claimed she already has four children with no husband to cater for them, told the police that she sold her daughter to raise money to train her siblings. The lady who confessed to have been given N190,000 out of the N360, 000 that was paid for the illegal adoption of her baby, while the rest was used to settle her hospital bills, sold her baby girl after delivery in a private hospital in Okigwe, Imo State, three weeks ago.
Following the confession, one Dr Kelechi Omende and his wife, Euphemia, who allegedly facilitated the illegal adoption of the baby in their hospital were arrested. Punch reported that although Dr Omende denied knowledge of the illegal adoption in his hospital, his wife who claimed that the adoption followed due process said;
“One of the women that adopted the baby came with her file from the welfare saying l should inform her whenever there is a baby for adoption.
“When our patients complained that she could not take care of her baby, I called the welfare office to get someone to come and adopt the baby.”
Elizabeth Ukawa who wondered why they were arrested by the police, arguing that she went through the welfare office to adopt the baby, said she adopted the baby for her younger sister, Chinasa.
“I filled a form at the welfare office in Okigwe after explaining my sister’s condition to them. They later called me to come and adopt the baby and I paid N650, 000 for the baby. So, I do not even know why we are here,” she said.
Confirming the arrest of the suspects, the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Anthony Ogbizi, said the suspects would be charged to court at the end of police investigation.