Nigerian Police discover five-month-old baby sold by own biological mother for N500,000 in Ebonyi


A five-month-old infant who was sold by her biological mother to a maternity home owner for N500,000 has been found by the Ebonyi State Police Command.

The baby’s father, Jonah Ogbuagu, and the mother, Ola Echegbu Chima, 20, were both detained last week.

In April 2022, Ola gave birth to the child in Obigbo, Rivers state. She then conspired with Ogbuagu to sell the child to Elechi Ann Mma, the proprietor of the maternity home.

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The infant has been given to the biological mother for care and upkeep, pending further developments, according to the State Commissioner of Police, Aliyu Garba, who confirmed the development in a statement signed by the command’s spokesperson, SP Chris Anyanwu.

Ola Echegbu Chima, a 20yr old girl, a native of Amangwu Edda in Afikpo-South L.G.A was impregnated out of wedlock in the year, 2021, by Jonah Ogbonna Ogbuagu of same address,” the statement read.

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On 12th April 2022, she put to bed, but a few days after sold the child to Elechi Ann Mma, owner of a local maternity home and native of Ezi Okpani, Evuma village in Afikpo North LGA of Ebonyi State, who was already arrested for another offense of child-trafficking.

“So on behalf of Ebonyi State police command, I am handing over the baby recovered through the joint efforts of SP Philip Agu-led Crack Squad and SP Miliscent Amad-led D7 team of detectives attached to the SCIID in Abakaliki, back to his biological mother, Ola Echegbu Chima for care and upkeep pending further developments,” he said.

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