The alleged trafficking of a day old baby in Jakande Estate, has spurred investigations from operatives of the Zone 2 Police Command, Onikan, Lagos.
Naija News learnt that the baby was taken by the grandmother from his mother, the day he was born, who handed him over to one Ijeoma Okechukwu, a former neighbour of the Emmanuels on Shola Adewunmi Street.
After some days Okechukwu was said to have paid Blessing and her mother N250,000, while the 22-year-old Blessing told residents that her baby was dead.
Blessing later opened up to a church member who provided them with accomodation that he baby was with Okechukwu.
Ogwuebu immediately informed policemen from the Zone 2 Police Command, who arrested the suspect and recovered the child.
She said she was initially told that the baby was epileptic, had convulsion and died.
She said, “I assisted her family to secure accommodation in an uncompleted building beside my house on the estate. Sometime in October, Blessing’s brother announced that her sister had been delivered of a baby boy and I rejoiced with him. In the evening, I saw her mother and congratulated her. But she gave me a stare and left. I wondered if I said anything wrong.
“The next Sunday, I saw the daughter in church and apologised for not coming to greet the baby in the house. She said there was no baby. I asked if the baby died, but she said her mother took the baby from her. She said he was with her aunt who fed him with milk and water. I was suspicious.
“A week later, her mother called me and apologised for her reaction when I congratulated her. She said after Blessing was delivered of the baby, she (Blessing) was sick and even the baby was as small as a rat. She said the baby was so ill that he had to be taken to a herbal centre where they said he had epilepsy and convulsion. She said the baby had died from the illness.”
Ogwuebu who was not satisfied with the explanation, prodded Blessing, who confessed that the baby was sold to Okechukwu.
Naija News gathered that blessing had earlier had a child for her boyfriend, one Valentine, who got her pregnant the second time.
She explained that the didn’t want to abort the child because she feared death.
She said she wasn’t sure what would become of the baby when her mother ncame and said Okechukwu had agreed to take the baby after delivery.
She said, “I gave birth in the morning. She (Okechukwu) came at night and asked if my mother had discussed with me and I said yes. She said she would give me some money to start a business. She paid for the hospital bill.
“When we reached home, we called her and she said she had taken the baby to her sister’s house at Ejigbo. I went there twice to see my baby. The third time I wanted to go, I learnt that she had relocated to a new place, which I didn’t know. From that time, we only talked on the telephone.
“After about a week, she invited me to an eatery around the estate. There were two policemen with her. I asked where my baby was, but she said he was fine. She gave me N250,000 and asked me to sign a paper that I won’t disturb her in the future.”
Blessing said while part of the money was used to pay for the school fees of her three siblings and first child, some were used to settle family debts.