Ebonyi State Police Command has recovered a five-month-old baby sold by its birth mother to a maternity ward operator for N500,000.
The 20-year-old mother, Ola Echegbu Chima, was stopped last week alongside her lover and father of the baby, Jonah Ogbuagu.
Ola gave birth to the baby in April 2022 in Obigbo, Rivers State, conspired with Ogbuagu and sold the baby to Elechi Ann Mma, owner of the maternity ward.
State Police Commissioner Aliyu Garba, who confirmed the development in a statement signed by command spokesman SP Chris Anyanwu, said the baby was handed over to the birth mother for care. and maintenance, pending further developments.
“Ola Echegbu Chima, a 20-year-old girl from Amangwu Edda in Afikpo-South LGA was impregnated out of wedlock in 2021 by Jonah Ogbonna Ogbuagu of the same address,” the statement read.
“On April 12, 2022, she put to bed, but a few days after selling the child to Elechi Ann Mma, owner of a local maternity ward and from Ezi Okpani, Evuma village in Afikpo North LGA of the Ebonyi State, who was previously arrested for another child trafficking offence.
“Therefore, on behalf of the Ebonyi State Police Command, I hand over the baby recovered through the joint efforts of SP Philip Agu-led Crack Squad and SP Miliscent Amad-led D7 Squad of Detectives attached to the SCIID in Abakaliki, returning to its biological mother, Ola Echegbu Chima for care and maintenance pending further developments,” he said.