For allegedly selling her one year and six months’ old baby, Okike Ezinne (18) is now in the custody of police in Enugu State with her collaborators.
The teenage mother, who hails from Isu Mbaneze in Ohaozara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, sold her baby identified as Chisom Raphael. Ezinne told the police that her bosom friend tricked her into selling her baby.
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Ebere Amaraizu, who confirmed Ezinne’s arrest, noted that the girl had the baby out of wedlock and decided to keep it.
He said that the suspect claimed that when things were no longer working smoothly for her while at home, her bosom friend, Promise Godwin (20), also from Isu Mbaneze Ohazara Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, approached her to come to Enugu with the child with a promise that somebody was going to take care of Ezinne and Chisom Raphael.
“According to Ezinne, she later joined the friend in Enugu where she secured an accommodation at Coal Camp axis but later found out that the friend has abandoned her husband and was into commercial sex work at Four Corners Junction, Enugu, with her little baby probably to make ends meet.
“It was further revealed that sometime in the month of March 2016, Promise Godwin, perfected the purchase deal of little Chisom at the rate of N300,000 with 46-year-old Gloria Okafor from Uturu but married to now late Sunday Okafor of Umudi Lokpanta in Abia State whose major occupation is to get and sell babies to prospective buyers within Uturu, Lokpanta and its environs,” Amaraizu said.
The PPRO added that police discovered that Chisom was taken to Limca bus stop at Okigwe, Imo State on Enugu Port-Harcourt Expressway, Okigwe, where he was sold to Gloria Okafor for N300,000. According to him, the money was given to the mother of Chisom in cash and they all came back to Enugu.