Two Federal civil servants and two other women have been caught over reported child trafficking.
The women- Bernadette Ihezuo and Cecilia Onyema- said to be staffers of Federal Ministries of Finance and Agriculture and Rural Development, Abuja respectively while the third suspect, Okasi Ekeoma, said to be Onyema’s sister, while the fourth suspect is the baby’s grandmother Harrieth Nmezi residing in Imo state.
The suspects who were paraded before newsmen on Thursday, September 3 by officials of National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) were allegedly involved in selling a newborn for N1,500,000.
A teenage girl, according to NAPTIP officials, got pregnant while staying with her mother who then took her to Onyema’s residence where she lived until she delivered her baby.
Immediately after delivery, the other women took the child from the young mother and sold off the baby.
They were arrested following a tip-off by some members of the public.
The baby has been rescued while the suspects have confessed to the crime and would be arraigned in court soon.