Barely 2 weeks after the Imo state police arrested a gang of suspected child traffickers, another gang of two women, Mrs Patience Aibangbe, aged 55 years from Oredo and Mrs Felicia Edegbe, 59 years, from Egorebo village, both of Edo state and a man, Jacob Ademuyiwa, 41 years from Ado Ekiti, Ekiti state have been arrested in Owerri.
Parading the suspects at the command headquarters in Owerri, the state capital, the command's public relations officer, Mrs Joy Elemoko said the 2 babies were allegedly abducted 72 hours after their deliveries by the women.
She maintained that the scene of crime was in Uzoma village in Oyibo LGA of Rivers state but the suspects were apprehended by the command's ambush squad while on their way back to Lagos where they reside at number 14 Densan, Ikorodu enroute Imo state.
The PPRO said the Officers became suspicious of the women and babies during a stop and search where the women could not give useful explanations about the babies pointing that neither of them is the real mother of the babies.
While making confessional statements, Mrs Felicia Edegbe claimed that she knew nothing about the abduction as she was only called to come assist her friend whom she thought was pregnant while Mrs Patience Aibangbe who said she has been married for about 20 years but without a child, denied stealing or buying the babies. She narrated how she was administered with herbs by one Mrs okoro whom she was introduced to last year which made her appear to be pregnant. She claimed to have eventually paid the sum of one point six five million naira(1,650,000) to the said woman.
The PPRO stressed that child trafficking is conspiratorial in nature and warned the general public to desist from the ungodly act as anybody found within the circle will be dealt with accordingly. She said the suspects will soon be charged to court.