The Oyo State Police Command’s men have detained “Monday Chukwuka,” who is accused of selling his newborn grand daughter for N700,000.
Adewale Osifeso, the command’s spokesperson, described the suspect as having been apprehended on Monday in his hideout in the Ibafo area of Ogun State as a result of a reliable intelligence tip.
“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.”
The father of the teenage girl who gave birth to the day-old baby girl confessed to the crime and described in detail how he took the baby from her mother as soon as she gave birth under the pretext of giving the baby to someone who would take good care of her, according to Osifeso, who stated that the interview was conducted on Monday by intelligence officials.
“The suspect further explained in detail, 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 at the rate of sum of Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N700,000.00). Investigation activity was extended to Abia State and in the process of a coordinated raid on the baby factory, a female suspect identified as Popoola Bunmi and four other accomplices whose names are Chinwedu Peter, Chidinma Blessing, Chuckwu Christopher, and Favour Chukwu were all apprehended in connection with the criminal activity.”
Osifeso informed reporters that bundles of brand-new birth certificates and some delivery equipment had been taken from the factory. He added that the suspects, at the time of their arrest, had no satisfactory explanation for the parentage of the infants who had been taken from the workplace.
The defendant (Monday) said that he decided to sell his grand daughter because he couldn’t afford to care for both the child and his teenage daughter. He claimed that he utilized the proceeds from the sale of the child to rent a store and purchase things for it.
The teenage mother (Sarah) claimed she was unaware that her father intended to sell the child, adding that he had only previously expressed a desire to give the child to someone for two years, care for her, and then bring the child back.
Favor Chukwuka, the alleged baby buyer, claimed she fulfilled the request of a childless couple (whose names have been kept hidden) and received N50,000 as payment.