The Abia State Police Command has arrested two teenage girls for allegedly attempting to sell their unborn babies. According to the police, they were arrested along with one Oluchi, the wife of the owner of the home, where they planned to have the babies and later sell them.
The girls, Esther Odum and Ebere Ejimadu, have however denied the allegation. They insisted that there was a mix up somewhere. They stressed that they went to the medicine home for treatment.
The Abia State Commissioner of Police, Mr. Leye Oyebade, said: “The command got information that the suspect, Ifeanyi Agbasonu and his wife Oluchi, were operating a baby factory at No. 2 Bridget Road Aba. It was there that the two pregnant girls, Esther Odum and Ebere Ejimadu, were arrested.”
Odum, from Owerri, Imo State, admitted that she was pregnant, but denied nursing any idea to sell the baby after birth. Odum said: “I was introduced to Ifeanyi Agbasonu as a homeopathic doctor.
I have not stayed there for long. I just arrived there.
The place didn’t look like a hospital to me. I came there on Wednesday and was arrested on Friday. When I got there on Wednesday, Ifeanyi told me that he is a homeopathic doctor, who specialised in the treatment of infections and wounds. Ejimadu said: “I got there on Monday.
I live with my aunt at Port Harcourt. The doctor in the hospital told me that I have infection.
He said I was free to choose the kind of medicine I wanted to take. He said I should choose either orthodox or traditional. His wife advised me to choose traditional treatment. She said it would work better than orthodox medicine.
My aunt said she had a doctor that specialised in treatment of infections. She took me there. I was supposed to stay there until Sunday. I was however arrested. He has even started administering the medicine on me.”
Oluchi said she knew her husband to be a homeopathic medicine practitioner.
She said she was surprised to see policemen at the medical centre. She added: “When I asked them their mission, they said I was under arrest. I asked why? They said I would know when I reach their station.”
The command also paraded four young men suspected to be fake members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC). The Police said the four men specialised in hijacking petroleum tanker drivers for ransom.