The Lagos State Police Command said its operatives have arrested four suspects for trafficking a month old baby in Lagos.
The suspects were apprehended on April 26th, when police officers attached to Anthony Division, on enforcement duty at Anthony Oke pin down point intercepted a Toyota Sienna SUV carrying 7 passengers.
Among the suspects were two police officers identified as Patrick Mbama (41) and Ogechi Chinonso Ekwebele traveling together with a baby of about a month old, suspected to be stolen.
It was gathered that the duo were coming from Orlu, Imo State. While the other occupants of the vehicle were arrested for violating the ban on inter states travel and the vehicle is impounded.
During interrogation, Patrick Mbama and Ogechi Chinonso Ekwebele claimed that a childless man and wife in Lagos had paid for the said baby, their confession led to the arrest of a childless couple who had ordered for the baby.
Their names are Izuchukwu Okafor aged 51 years, from Oraifete, Imo state and his wife Cecilia Okafor aged 41 years.
Confirming the arrest, the spokesperson Lagos state police command DSP Bala Elkana said that the name of the child’s parent as contained in the birth certificate recovered from the buyers.
“The Baby’s date of birth is March 23, 2020. The biological parents of the Baby has been traced. The Baby will today be handed over to them.”
Meanwhile, the suspects will be charged to Court.