Operatives of Anti-Child Theft Unit in Akwa Ibom State Police Command have smashed a child trafficking syndicate operated by a 27-year-old female pastor and two other women.
Consequently, Pastor Ndukeabasi Isaac Bassey, the General Overseer of Alpha Ministry along Akpabong junction, Mbierebe Obio in Ibesikpo-Asutan local government area who deviated from her priestly call to engage in the illicit business was arrested.
A press release signed by CSP N-Nudam K. Frederick, the Akwa Ibom PPRO confirmed that Mercy Bokime, an auxiliary nurse and the 26-year-old Theresa Anthony Aaron of Nna Umiang, Mbierebe Obio in Ibesikpo-Asutan were also arrested.
The suspects, according to the release, said to have committed the crime under the pretext of running a church and offering medical services to people, allegedly conspired among themselves and sold the baby of Obedience Kokoete Philip of Nna Umiang, Mbierebe delivered on November 10, 2019.
The suspects who sold the baby at N300,000 admitted to have shared the proceeds of the illicit business among themselves along Stadium Road in Uyo local government area, the release stated.
It stated that the suspects would be charged to court after policemen have completed an investigation into the case.