A pregnant woman,
The 29-year-old Okorie, was arrested alongside two medical doctors, Emmanuel Tobechukwu and Cosmos Ugorji, said to be her accomplices.
In her confession when she was paraded at the Police Command headquarters, Okorie said she had already sold two children since she was introduced into the trade by a woman she claimed was an evangelist.
“I sold the two children at N50,000 each. I, myself, am pregnant now and the evangelist said when I’m delivered of my baby, she would buy it for N100,000.
I have five children; but I’m not married. I have not sold any of my children; but I have sold two children, starting with the child of a pastor that I first stole. I’m pregnant and I have agreed to sell my baby to the evangelist for N100,000 when I give birth.”
Okorie also implicated the medical doctors, saying they helped her in the trafficking ring because they had a ready market through a nurse that was still at large.
“Madam brought three of us (girls) from Ebonyi to Anambra State and took us to a shrine in Asaba where she collected our blood for voodoo so that we will not reveal to anybody the type of business we do.”
However, the two doctors denied being in the child trafficking trade with Okorie. First to speak was Ugorji, who said he had not seen Okorie before and he had not done any transaction with her.
Ugorji said the nurse whom Okorie named as his accomplice used to come to the laboratory in his hospital located at Awada, Obosi, near Onitsha, to conduct blood sample tests.
“I don’t know this girl (Okorie) because I have not seen her before. I was surprised to see the police storm my hospital talking about child trafficking. Today, they brought us here,” he said.
The other doctor, Tobechukwu, who said his hospital was at Nkpor, near Onitsha, said a woman brought Okorie to his hospital for blood test.
“This woman (Okorie) has a medical condition, which I won’t want to discuss here. She was brought by one woman, who said she was a nurse. I didn’t document their addresses because we did not do any treatment. What we did was blood test and they left.
I’m from Enugu and I’m working in somebody’s hospital at Nkpor. I have nothing to do with child trafficking.”
The state Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Nkeiru Nwode, said the suspects were arrested after a tip off, said Okorie was arrested after she had sneaked into a a village in Umuoji community, Idemili-North Local Government Area of the state and stole a four-year-old boy, but luck ran out on her when people raised the alarm.