Two nurses working at Trinity Clinic, Meiran, Lagos, have been arrested by the Lagos State Police command for allegedly selling a woman’s baby and telling her that she had a stillbirth.
It was gathered that the nurses, Mrs. Marbel Onochie and Dorcas Oritogun, allegedly sold the baby for N350,000 to Mrs. Helen Okoh, a resident of Ajah in Lagos, who has also been arrested.
The suspects were alleged to have told the baby’s parents that it died and they buried the stillborn to save the family the trauma.
Besides allegedly engaging in child theft and trafficking, it was learned that Onochie, a Delta State indigene, also ran an illegal traditional hospital at Meiran.
Trouble, however, reportedly started after the woman’s family insisted that they wanted to see the body, but the suspects could not provide it.
It was gathered that when the family pressed further, the nurses then claimed that the baby’s head was bad, prompting the family to report at the police station.
The suspects were arrested and during an investigation, they confessed to having sold the baby to Mrs. Okoh.
Onochie kept N250,000 from the sale and gave Oritogun N100,000.
During interrogation, the woman who bought the baby said she was desperate for a child because she was unable to conceive, as she had fibroid.
The police spokesman, Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), confirmed the arrest, adding that the baby had been recovered from the buyer.
He said that the suspects will be charged to court after investigation