POLICE in Imo State have arrested a woman identified as Chinaza Ukaonu for selling her new born baby for N500,000 ($1,360) and lying to her husband that the infant was delivered stillborn and had been buried.
According to the Imo State Police Command, Chinaza conspired with two nurses to sell the baby but after a complaint from her husband Promise Ukaonu, they investigated the matter. Police spokesman Orlando Ikeokwu, said that the arrest of the woman was made possible by Mr Ukaonu, who reported his wife to the police, suspecting she was telling him lies about the whereabouts of their child.
Also arrested with Mrs Ukonu was the alleged buyer of the child Amadi Chioma, who along with the two nurses is in police custody. Apparently, the two nurses who took care of Mrs Ukaonu, during the time she was pregnant, Esomonu Dorathy and Eke Catherine, conspired with her to deceive her husband.
Mr Ikeokwu said: “On August 1 2019, operatives of the command acting on reasonable information arrested, Chinaza Ukaonu, Amadi Chioma, Esomonu Dorathy and Eke Catherine all females. Chinaza Ukaonu, left the house on the with an eight months old pregnancy under the pretext that she was going to stay awhile with her brother who stays at Ubomiri,
“Upon investigation the husband, one Promise Ukaonu, discovered she wasn’t there. However, a month later he received a call that his wife had a stillborn when he demanded to see the remains of the child, the wife told that she wrapped it in a nylon bag and disposed of it, not satisfied with the story.
“He reported the matter to the police, which led to the arrest of Chinaza Ukaonu, who then confessed of having sold the child to Amadi Chioma, for the sum of N500,000, with the help of the two nurses Esomonu Dorathy, and Eke Catherine, who assisted her through the childbirth. However, the child has been recovered and the investigation is at an advanced stage.”