By PATRICK TITUS, Uyo
Seven persons, four females and three males have been arrested and arraigned over allegation of child trafficking in Akwa Ibom State.
The state Police Public Relations Office (PPRO), DSP Odiko MacDon said they were arrested on 20th January, 2018, through a credible intelligence information.
He said the suspects who included one Eno Archibong Emah ‘f’ of Ikot Eman Itam in Itu L. G. Area who gave birth to a baby boy on 12th November, 2017 and conspired with one Emmanuel Akpabio Okon ‘m’ and Emem Asuquo Okon ‘f’ and sold the one-month old child to one Kate ‘f’ (surname and address unknown) of Aba, Abia state at the cost of four hundred thousand naira (N 400,000.00).
PPRO said the operatives from the command monitored and promptly arrested the mother of the child who later led the operatives to the arrest of other accomplices in the illicit trade.
They are Utibe Sunday John ‘m’, Imo Ime Udoetuk ‘m’, Friday John Amiang ‘m’ and Uwana Ime ‘f’ who all confessed to the crime and their individual roles in the offence, including how the proceeds where shared amongst themselves.
He said that the culprits have already been arraigned in court to serve as deterrent to others.