One “Monday Chuckwuka” was arrested by the Oyo State Police Command for reportedly selling his newborn granddaughter for N700,000.
According to the police, the suspect was apprehended in the Ibafo region of Ogun State, where he had taken refuge, after solid intelligence led them there.
The Command’s spokesman, Adewale Osifeso, made the following statement while parading the suspect through the Command Headquarters in Eleyele, Ibadan.
Specifically, “on 10th July, 2023, an actionable intelligence report was received by a team of Police Operatives attached to the Command Monitoring, Oyo State about the ”harvesting of a day-old baby girl” from her teenage mother identified as Sarah Chukwuka in Oyo town and sale of the girl child to a criminal cartel that operates a baby factory in Abia State.”
According to Osifeso, the father of the teenage girl who gave birth to the baby girl on Monday confessed to the crime during an intelligence-led interview, explaining in detail how he took the baby from her mother immediately after she gave birth, ostensibly to give her to someone who would take good care of her.
Osifeso stated, “The suspect further explained in details, how he moved the day old baby to Abia State where he sold her to the owner of a baby factory located at Obehi, Okwa West in Abia State for the rate of sum of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N700,000.00).”
A female suspect named Popoola Bunmi and four male accomplices named Chinwedu Peter, Chidinma Blessing, Chuckwu Christopher, and Favour Chukwu were arrested during a coordinated raid on the baby factory in Abia State as part of the investigation.
According to the police spokesman, the suspects were unable to provide an acceptable explanation about the paternity of the newborns found from the factory, and a bundle of new birth certificates and some equipment for baby births were recovered from the facility.
On Monday, the suspect explained that he had sold the baby because he could not afford to support both the child and his teenage daughter. He claimed that he had used the proceeds from the sale to rent a store and stock it with merchandise.
Sarah, the adolescent mom, claims she had no idea her dad planned to sell the kid; he had merely mentioned giving the child away for two years in exchange for care. Suspect Favor Chukwuka said she paid N50,000 for the kid at the request of a childless couple (names omitted) and that she would receive a portion of the proceeds.
The Command has also apprehended numerous armed robbers, members of dangerous cults, auto-theft specialists, and infamous criminal receivers.