One Miss Onyinyechi Osoneye alongside six other suspects have been arrested by the Decoy Team of the Rapid Response Squad of the Lagos Police Command over the sale of her day old baby for the sum of N250,000.
Onyinyechi was arrested on Wednesday by the operatives who were investigating the sale of her baby to a couple, Mr and Mrs Ike Nwata.
According to information the twenty two year old with connivance of her mother, Mrs Joy Osoneye concealed the pregnancy from her father following his strict stance on having a child outside wedlock. The alleged father although informed about the pregnancy refused his fatherly responsibilities.
A source revealed that Onyinyechi was admitted at Peninsula Hospital, Ikota, Lekki – Ajah Expressway, where Mrs. Glory Ehinmi, 35, delivered the lady of a baby boy on 1 March, 2017.
It was also learnt from the source that Onyinyechi upon arrest denied being pregnant or selling her baby. She later confessed upon further interrogations.
She disclosed that Mrs Glory Ehinmi took the baby from her at the point of delivery and gave it to Mrs Prisca Okocha, 45, her sister and the owner of Peculiar Hospital, Orile, who offered Onyinyechi’s mother N250,000.
The source disclosed that Okocha thereafter contacted Mrs Regina Anyanwu, 59 who subsequently brought the buyers, Mrs and Mr Ike Nwata.
Mrs. Okocha confessed to investigators that she sold the baby for N850, 000 but gave the mother N250, 000.
It was further gathered that the buying couples who were desperately in need of a child organised a huge party to celebrate the baby’s arrival.
Mrs. Nwata reportedly stayed away from her husband’s residence while the search of a baby lasted while faking to be pregnant each time she visited.
Onyinyechi could not be interviewed as she wept all through the period of the investigation.
Mrs. Ehinmi disclosed that what she did Onyinyechi was a favour. She added that the concealment was enough to suffocate the baby.
She pointed out that she enrolled her for antenatal and fed her till she was delivered of the baby.
Efforts to arrest the man who impregnated Onyinyechi, her mother and father proved abortive as they were reported to be on the run.
The baby has been handed over to the Lagos State Ministry of Women Affairs while the five suspects had been transferred to Gender Office, State Headquarters, Ikeja for further investigations.