Child Trafficking: Police rescue 2 newborn babies in Ebonyi



The Command in Ebonyi, Monday rescued two newborn babies from suspected child traffickers.

The Police Officer in the state, DSP Loveth Odah told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abakaliki that the babies were rescued by a team of local vigilantes and Ebubeagu Security Network.

She said that the suspects were intercepted the boundary between Abi Local government area of Cross River and Abaomege axis in Onicha Local Government Area of Ebonyi.

“They were intercepted during a search by the local vigilantes in the area who alerted the police,” the spokesperson said.

According to her, the two babies were concealed in bags by the suspected traffickers, Mrs Imabong Mathew, and Mrs Gloria Okon, who pregnant.

“Today we recovered two female babies, who are less a week and two weeks old, respectively.

“The babies have been taken to an Intensive Care Unit of the Alex-Ekwueme Federal Teaching Hospital, Abakaliki, for proper medical care.

“After the medical care, the babies will be transfered to the Ministry of Women Affairs to take care of them investigation will continue,” she said.

“One of the babies suffers from jaundice and the other in condition, but they will carry out general test them,” the spokesperson added.

Odah said that the suspects were arrested their way to Lagos.

She said that the Commissioner of Police, Mr Garba Aliyu, has vowed to ensure that those involved directly or indirectly in the case were prosecuted.

The commissioner, who commended the Chairman, Onicha local government, Mr Ogbonna Igboke and the vigilantes for the arrest, urged all community leaders in the to be security conscious. (NAN)