A 20-year-old woman has narrated how her aunt sold her 1-month-old son to a child trafficking syndicate in Anambra state.
The 20-year-old woman, Abiola Komolafe, was paraded alongside 182 suspects by the Delta State Police Command in Asaba, for crimes ranging from terrorism, robbery, kidnap, murder, cultism and child trafficking.
Hafiz Inuwa, the state police commissioner said the child trafficking syndicate specialises in trafficking young pregnant girls and selling their babies. The gang was uncovered following a diligent investigation by his men.
The syndicate were said to comprise three women who are assigned to trick young pregnant girls to Onitsha to deliver babies who are in turn sold, while the young mothers are deceived to believe their babies died during delivery.
“In the course of the investigation, Tolulope Bosede confessed that she tricked Abiola Komolafe from Akure to Onitsha, where she successfully gave birth to a baby boy. But she later took the baby from her and sold him to Mrs Nkaneme Melife,37, in Onitsha, while she lied to the mother that the baby died some hours after delivery.”
“The buyer, Mrs Nkaneme Melife, also later sold the child to another buyer, Mrs Ekunno Ifeyinwa, 56, of Onora family house Abba village, Onitsha. Meanwhile, the two buyers have been arrested along with one Josephine Unnoha and the stolen child recovered.”
The police boss added that the arrest of members of the syndicate led to the recovery of another two weeks old male child suspected to have been stolen by Mrs Ekunno Ifeyinwa.
Speaking with The Nation, Komolafe, said her ordeal started after she lost her parents and was forced to live with her aunt in Akure, Ondo State.
She explained that she trained as a hairstylist and makeup specialist after her secondary school education but she became pregnant for her lover who bolted afterwards, leaving her in a quandary.
“My aunt promised to take me to a woman in Onitsha, who would assist me by giving her a nanny’s job and support my unborn child. I believed her because she was nice to me after I lost my parents, following which she accommodated me in her house in Akure.
”Shortly after I got to Onitsha, I gave birth at a hospital but I was told that my child died during delivery.”
She said she never suspected any foul play but on the way back to Akure, the driver of the commercial bus she boarded informed her that he overheard her aunt and another woman haggling the price of a baby boy, and inquired whether it was her baby that was referred to.
“As we were going back to Akure , the driver inquired if I had just given birth because she overheard my aunt and another woman haggling the price of a baby boy. I told the driver that I had just given birth but was told my baby died.
“I begged him (the driver) to drive into any police station for proper investigation on my missing child. As we drove into Asaba, Delta State, the driver pulled into a petrol station to buy fuel and raised the alarm that attracted police on guard duty at the filling station and the suspects were arrested.”
She said her aunt does not wish her well and she does not feel any sense of betrayal by informing the police.
She expressed joy that her son had been recovered and commended the police for acting with dispatch to recover her son.
Komolafe’s aunt, Mrs Tolulope Bosede pleaded for mercy. She blamed her action on the devil.