By Gracia Obi
A middle aged woman, allegedly involved in child-trafficking, was arrested in Suleja.
According to a source, her name is Janet, popularly known as Nurse Mercy. She is from Edo state and has a record of close ties with the prostitutes in Suleja and beyond.
Our source said: “Most of the time when any of the prostitutes became pregnant, she was there to help them with the delivery process. She used to keep the babies under her care for some time before she later sells them. She’ll then settle the prostitute-mother with the sum of N25, 000 to start up a business with it”.
One of the victims named Esther Simeon narrated how she met Nurse Mercy saying: “At 14 years, I ran out of my home for prostitution in Suleja at old barracks, when the barracks (hadn’t been ) demolished, I used to see my friends who were pregnant and never come back with their babies.
“When I asked, they told me that there is a woman who keeps their babies for them.
“In 2004, I was six months pregnant and nurse Mercy harboured me in her house of two rooms, face me I face you apartment at Kuspa, near Emir’s Palace.
“As soon as I gave birth, I had a baby girl, she gave me N25, 000 to start up a business with it.
On my second pregnancy in 2010, the same thing happened she gave me N25, 000 after four months”.
Luck, however, deserted nurse Mercy when Esther, few years later, had a change of heart and decided to have her children back. She went to nurse Mercy, asking her to give back her kids.
Said Esther: “I went to her that I need my children and she told me that she cannot trace the first child but the second child is here in Suleja with a woman called Esther, who lives in Victory road, here in Suleja.
“When she was reluctant to give me back my children, I reported the matter to the police ‘B’ Division.After investigation the Divisional Police Officer charged the matter to State Criminal Investigation Department (SCID), Minna.
“On our way to Minna, there was a call to a police officer with us, who diverted us to the office of the Area Commander where after writing my statement, I was locked up for three days in the cell”.
Confirming the incident, the DPO of ‘B’ Division, Superintendent Tunde Kabiru said he has transferred the case to Minna, adding, “whatever happened there after is not my own making”.
As at the time of filing this report, the Area Commander, Aliyu Haruna, was not reachable.
Community urges IGP to Act on child-trafficking in Suleja
Gwazunu community in Suleja yesterday called on the Inspector General of Police to investigate the case involving a Suleja woman who was nabbed for alleged child trafficking.
A member of the community, Mrs. Blessing Utokor, who made the call on behalf of the residents, said the lingering tussle over the child trafficker had not abated.
According to her, the case of child trafficking is a high profile case which should be handled in the anti-human trafficking section and not in anti-fraud unit where the case is presenting being handled.
“It should be transferred to Force Headquarters for proper investigation,” she said. “As it is now, logistics might be holding the police in State Criminal Investigation Department, Minna, to carry out their job.”
Utokor said the woman with the case of alleged child-trafficking should be brought to book without delay.
Recently, a woman named Mercy in Suleja was recently nabbed for child trafficking.(Breaking News,Nigerian News)
By Gracia Obi