NAPTIP parade four women for selling newborn baby for N1.5 million in Nasarawa
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons
NAPTIP has paraded four women over the sales of a newborn baby for
According to NAPTIP, two of the women, Bernadette Ihezuo and Cecilia
Onyema, are civil servants with the Federal Ministry of Finance Abuja,
and Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, respectively.
The third suspect, Okasi Ekeoma, is said to be Onyema’s sister, while
the fourth suspect is the baby’s mother Harrieth Nmezi who resides in
Parading the suspects in Abuja, NAPTIP director-general, Mrs Julie
Okah-Donli said that they were all arrested by operatives of the
agency following surveillance activities.
According to the DG, the teenage girl who got pregnant while living
with her mother was carried to Onyema’s residence in Nasarawa where
she lived until she delivered her baby. She added that after
delivery,the other women took the child from the young mother and sold
off the baby. They were however arrested following a tipoff
It was gathered during the interview with the DG that the operatives
of the agency raided number 1,314 Bridge St.Sabon Gari, Mararaba,
Nasarawa State, the residence of Onyema and rescued a 16-year old girl
from Imo, who just gave birth to a baby boy. The boy was sold at N1.5
million to Chinonso.
Further investigations revealed that the mother of the baby took the
operatives to Owerri, Imo capital where the arrested Ekeoma Sister to
Onyema who brought the pregnant girl to her sister in Nasarawa state.
Also arrested in Owerri is the mother of the young girl, Nmezi. The
women arrested in Owerri masterminded the movement of the girl from
Owerri to Mararaba and made the transaction with the buyer and also
received money from the mother of the baby.
NATIP boss said the baby has been rescued while the suspects have
confessed to the crime and will be arraigned in court as soon as
investigation is concluded
Okah-Donli said that the illegal acts of the women contradict the
provision of the Violence Against Persons Prohibition Act 2015. She,
however, called on women desperately in need of babies to approach
appropriate agencies recognisable by the law.
The DG said that the agency had intensified surveillance in some of
the notorious spots across the country most especially within some
orphanages homes whose activities are not within the law.