The Enugu State Police Command have arrested a woman for allegedly buying a five-year-old child and taking same for Thanksgiving and Dedication.
Edith Ewulu, 55, reportedly bought Miss Felicia from one lady, identified simply as Chioma, who claimed to be a social home operator in Abia State.
Enugu State police spokesperson, Ebere Amaraizu, in a statement, said the woman was arrested at a new generation church where she took the child for Thanksgiving and Dedication as her daughter.
The statement said,
“A 56 year old woman identified as one Edith Ewulu from Enugu Agidi in Anambra state but said to be residing in Emene Enugu state was arrested by the operatives of the Emene Division of the Nigeria Police Force, Enugu state command for allegedly being in possession of a five year old baby stolen from the mother on 5th of February at Emene Enugu.
“She was arrested at one of the New generation churches located at Emene Enugu where she the child for Thanksgiving and dedication as her daughter after changing the name of the stolen child from little Miss Felicia as named by her parents.”
The spokesman said the suspect on interrogation confessed to the crime.
“The suspect confessed that she bought the said child from one Chioma, who claimed to be running a social home in Aba, Abia state, at the sum of N470,000”
The spokesman said Ewulu confessed to buying the child baby on 7 February 2018.
She claimed she thought the business was genuine as the deal was perfected at a renowned hospital in Umuahia.
Miss Felicia’s mother, Mrs. Godwin, claimed the child was stolen on February 6 at Emene, Enugu while she took a nap.
“But when she woke up, she could no longer see her baby and a various attempt made to get her proved abortive hence she reported to the police.”
She also appreciated the prompt action of the police that led to the recovery of her baby and the arrest of the alleged buyer.
Mr Amaraizu said the recovered baby has been reunited with her parents while investigations are on to arrest members of the syndicate.