A 22-year-old female child trafficker and armed robber has confessed that she sold 20 children in just two years.
The suspect, according to Sun Newspaper, was quoted as saying that since she went into the business of child trafficking, she and her gang had been kidnapping children and selling them to their patrons.
Onwuasoanya said most of the children were sold between N150,000 - N200,000, to a 45-year-old woman she identified only as Madam Goodness who runs an orphanage which the police said was a cover for her baby trafficking business.
The suspect said she was introduced to Goodness after her boyfriend impregnated her in Lagos and had to relocate to the East.
Onwuasoanya narrated that she sold her newborn baby girl to Goodness for the sum of N150,000 and on realizing that she could make easy money from selling children, she moved into child-trafficking.
Recounting her journey into child-trafficking, Onwuasoanya said:
"I got into child trafficking two years ago. I have sold 20 male and female children to Madam Goodness who operates the orphanage. She paid me between N150,000 and N200,000 for each baby I sold to her.
I got to know her when I became pregnant and gave birth to a girl on October 4, 2013. After I delivered the baby, a friend introduced me to Madam Goodness. I took my daughter to her and she gave me N150,000.00, to take care of myself.
After that time, I decided to go into child trafficking by kidnapping children coming back from school or getting them in the street.
Then I would take them to Madam Goodness. And she would sell them between N150,000 and N200,000. But I was arrested on May 1, 2017, when I stole a set of twins at an estate in Onitsha and took them to my house.
Suddenly the father of the twins traced me to my house and came with policemen and I was arrested."
Onwuasoanya, an indigene of Ebenebe, Awka North Local Government Area of the state, also revealed that she was also a member of the gang of robbers who killed two policemen, Inspector Shuaibu Usman and Sergeant Julius Matthew, both of the Police Mobile Force 29 in February, 2017, at Nkpor fly-over, Onitsha and took their AK-47 rifles, which were later used to commit robberies in Nkpor, Obosi, Ogidi, Nkpor Old Road, Awka, Oye-agu.
She is also said to have assisted the SARS operatives in arresting three members of the gang while six members escaped and are still at large.
She disclosed that she was always given her own share of the money made during robbery operations, saying that she got between N50,000 and N80,000.
“I have regretted what I did. My parents are alive. It was my friend who introduced to child trafficking and which led me to armed robbery today."