A midwife has been arrested after selling a baby born by teenager, who was impregnated by her dad.
The 50-year-old lady, Regina Ibeto, who allegedly operates a fake medical centre in the Ajangbadi area of Lagos State, has been arrested for alleged child trafficking.
She was arrested on May 23, at her 96, Bunmi Ajakaye Street, Ajangbadi, was paraded yesterday with the buyer, Udoju Chukwunoye, 45, and the middleman, Joy James.
Ibeto said she was compelled to sell the boy because his mother told her a pathetic story of how her father impregnated her. The suspect said,
“I was at home when a lady brought in Buki who was due for labour.
The lady told me a pathetic story of how Buki’s father put her in the family way and she (Buki) wanted to do away with the pregnancy as it was a product of abomination.
I asked her if she really meant what she said, and she answered yes. I weighed what she said and saw reason with her that it would be an abomination if the public got to know of it.
She was 16 years old at that time; I felt that she was too young to carry the stigma. So I spoke with a woman, Udoji Chukeunonye, who was looking for the fruit of the womb to buy the baby.
Luckily, Buki delivered a bouncing baby boy, who we sold to Chukwunonye. I gave Buki part of the money to start a new life and advised her to stay clear of her father. She left and Chukwunonye took the baby boy.”
The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Imohimi Edgal, said police operatives found Ibeto administering intravenous injection (drip) on one Oju Nnamdi, who claimed to be ill and was five months pregnant.
She further confessed that she sold the boy to Udoji Chukwunonye for N250,000. The said Udoji was arrested and the baby retrieved from her and taken to the hospital, while Buki herself is being trailed for arrest,” Edgal said.