A woman who got a man to impregnate her sister so as to sell the baby has been declared wanted by the police in Lagos.
The wanted suspect, it was gathered, is accused by the police of allegedly running a baby factory and had already collected an advancement payment N50,000 from a client for the unborn baby, with the balance to be paid when 31-year-old Nkechi is delivered of the baby.
But her cover was blown when the police from the FESTAC Police Division, got a tip-off from a non-governmental organisation, Child Protection Network (CPN), about the secret deal, and the police swooped in and rescued the pregnant Nkechi.
An official of the CPN, Toyin Oklagogo, narrated that Nkechi was impregnated by a man brought home by her sister, Amaka, with the sole purpose of selling the baby when it was born.
“The woman was registered at a private hospital in the Alaba area of Ojo. But she stayed in a flat around 2nd Rainbow, Mile 2. When the information got to the CPN that she had become pregnant and her unborn child had been sold, we went to the house with another executive, but Nkechi refused to follow us.
We then reported the case at the police station. The Divisional Police Officer at the FESTAC Police Division asked his men to rescue Nkechi the Friday we reported at the station. We did not meet her sister at home when we went to her house at the Ojo Military Cantonment. She would have been arrested immediately.
Nkechi had a mental challenge some years back. She said at the police station that although she had memory loss, she could remember that her sister brought a man to impregnate her in the house. She added that she was not in support of the sale of her baby, but her sister had collected money from a man.
Nkechi also told us that she gave birth to a baby two years ago, but her sister had taken the child to an unknown person. So, the police are investigating child trafficking as well.”
The State Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), SP Dolapo Badmos, confirmed the incident, adding that the pregnant woman had been rescued.
“The sister of the pregnant woman wanted to take advantage of her sibling’s mental condition to sell her baby when born. Investigations revealed that an amount of money had been collected for the purpose.
Operatives from the FESTAC Division are still investigating the matter. Meanwhile, the command has rescued the pregnant woman and she is in safe custody.”