The Nigerian Police Force on Friday paraded three suspected syndicates who specialised in buying and selling of new born babies within and outside Nigeria.
The suspects are: Emmanuel Chigozie Elesuwa, Chioma David and Chief Lilian Nma Achumba, (Owner of Nma Charity Home in Aba, Abia State.
Parading the suspects at the Force Headquarters in Abuja, Deputy Force PRO, CSP Aremu Adeniran said Thirty Five (35) pregnant girls/women, six (6) children and one (1) new born baby were also rescued at the Nma Charity and Rehabilitation Centre Umunkpeyi, Isiala Ngwa South Local Government, Abia State belonging to Chief Lilian Nma Achumba.
CSP Adeniran said on the 20th of July, 2018 the personnel of the Nigerian Police Force and the Nigerian Immigration Service while on patrol at the Idi-Iroko Border Post in Ogun State, intercepted the three suspects, in possession of two (2) new born babies, the police on reasonable suspicion, interrogated them about the babies in their possession, but that they could not give satisfactory account of the babies..
He said when interrogated they confessed that the two (2) new born babies found in their possession were bought at the rate of Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira (N350,000.00) from one Chief Lilian Nma Achumba, owner of Nma Charity Home in Aba, Abia State now in Police custody.
The Deputy Force PRO said the suspects admitted that they were on their way to Benin Republic to sell the two (2) new born babies to their business partners/syndicate for Seven Hundred Thousand Naira (N700,000.00) each.
He said they revealed to the Police investigation team that they were members of a criminal gang that have been in operation for over ten (10) years.
He said that the Principal suspect Chief Lilian had admitted and confessed to her criminal roles in the case, and investigation was on to uncover other illegal orphanage branches to rescue victims and arrest other members of the syndicate still at large.
CSP Adeniran, however said that all the victims rescued have been officially handed over to the Ministry of Strategy and Social Development, Umuahia, Abia State and all have since been re-united with their families after receiving medical attention.
He added that the suspects would all be arraigned in Court on completion of investigation.