Mother, Others Arrested For Selling Baby…As Buyer Pleads She Wants Baby Back

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A 22-year old mother has been arrested for selling her one
month old baby for N430,000 in Enugu. The mother, Chinelo Huma got N150,000 out
of the deal while other women involved shared the rest of the money.
They were later arrested for such an illegal act, but the
new mom, who is 43 and has been barren all through her marriage cried and
pleaded with the police to give her back the baby. She said even though she
went to borrow the money, she does not want it back but wants the baby. Find
the story after the cut as reported by Sun.

Twenty-two-year-old Chinelo Huma, who sold her one-month-old
baby for N430,000 has been arrested by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the
Enugu State Police Command.
Three other women, Nkechi Ugochukwu, Maria Asomba and Esther
Obi, who allegedly played roles in the sale of the baby were traced to Onitsha,
Anambra State and arrested by the police.
Enugu State Commissioner of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu who
disclosed this, told Sunday Sun that Huma got pregnant while she was engaged in
prostitution. Her boyfriend who was not quite ready to bear the responsibility
of fatherhood rejected Huma’s pregnancy.
Incidentally, Huma already had two children, who were being
cared for by her mother. So having another child out of wedlock was not an idea
that appealed to her one bit and she decided to relieve herself of the burden
of caring for the baby.
Her words: “I am a prostitute. When I became pregnant and it
was close to nine months, my boyfriend rejected it. I decided to sell the baby.
When I gave birth on April 13, 2014, one lady whose name is Maria Asomba,
arranged for the baby to be sold to Mrs. Nkechi Ugochukwu, and she paid N430,
000, but Asomba gave me N150,000.
“When the police arrested Ugochukwu, I told them I didn’t
want the baby again, because I already have two children and my mother is
taking care of them.”
Adamu explained that 43-year-old Ugochukwu had for long
desired to have a child of her own but was unable to conceive. The arrangement
to source the baby was facilitated by one Esther Obi, who nursed the newborn
for two weeks before handing her over to Ugochukwu.
The Commissioner of Police further revealed that Asomba, 35,
specialized in looking recruiting pregnant ladies that were willing to dispose
of their babies after giving birth.
The police learnt about the ignoble act, Adamu said the Head
of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, Supol Gloria Udoka (DSP) and her team swung
into action and traced the suspects to a jungle in Onitsha, where the one-month
old was rescued. The police team also arrested Ugochukwu.
Giving more insight to the sordid affair, the deputy head of
the State Criminal Investigation Department, Supol Anyai Dennis (CSP) expressed
disgust that even after the baby was recovered, Huma insisted she didn’t want
to keep the baby.
Supol Dennis added that Ugochukwu was reluctant to hand over
the baby as she had led her neighbours to believe she had given birth and would
feel a deeply embarrassed, given that she had made arrangements for the baby
already named as Chinasa.
Expressing her pain at the turn of events, Ugochukwu
lamented: “I have been barren for years and I needed a child. My husband’s
kinsmen have been maligning and making jest of me because I don’t have a child.
I borrowed N430,000 to buy the child; my husband is aware of the baby. The baby
was brought to me on April 17, 2014. When I took the baby to my compound all my
neighbours congratulated me over the new baby; policemen came and took the baby
from me. I don’t want my money back. I need the baby. I have named the baby
Chinasa and I am already planning to dedicate her in church.”
That desire now appears to be a pipe dream as the
Commissioner of Police has given a firm assurance that all the suspects would
be charged to court soon for human trafficking.

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