A 40-year-old man, Appolos Ndubuisi, has been arrested by the police for allegedly selling a baby boy for N350,000 after deceiving the mother that the baby died during delivery in Abia state.
Ndubuisi was alleged to have conspired with one Rose Godwin Chinweikpe, who operates a maternity home at Owoahia-Afor community in Obingwa council, to sell the baby while he told the mother, Deborah Onukaogu, that the baby was a stillbirth.
The State Commissioner of Police, Mrs Janet Agbede, told newsmen in Umuahia, Abia state capital that in 2020 Onukaogu became pregnant for Ndubuisi, a native of Umuariaga village in Ikwuano council area of the state.
According to CP Agbede, Onukaogu confessed to the Police that Ndubuisi never performed the traditional or Christian marriage rites to make her his legally married wife.
However, Onukaogu was said to have delivered a baby boy on 26th June, 2021, but the suspects, Ndubuisi and Rose, conspired and claimed that the baby was a stillbirth.
It was gathered that Deborah became pregnant again for Ndubuisi who asked her to visit Rose’s maternity home for another delivery.
Suspecting foul play about the alleged stillbirth, Deborah lodged a report to the police leading to the arrest of the two suspects.
“The complainant, Mrs. Deborah Onukaogu accepted the story that her baby was a stillbirth in good faith and subsequently became pregnant again to the same man. Ndubuisi suggested that she should go to the same maternity home where she had the alleged stillbirth. Deborah objected but the supposed husband, Appolos Ndubuisi insisted and told her that they would sell the unborn child on delivery.
“This statement heightened Deborah’s suspicion on what must have happened to the previous child which they claimed died on delivery and she reported to the Police. Investigation revealed that the purported stillbirth of the first child was not true. The complainant delivered a baby boy on 26th June 2021 but the suspects conspired and sold the child for N350,000. The investigation also revealed that N300,000 was given to Ndubuisi, the presumed husband to Deborah while the balance of N50,000 was taken by Rose Godwin as her delivery expenses.”