Lawrence Nwimo, Awka
Police in Anambra State have arrested a couple trafficking a one-month-old Baby from Lagos State to Anambra.
Police operatives made the interception at Bridgehead in Onitsha, as the couple were travelling in a Luxury bus belonging to a popular transport company with the baby when a co-passenger observed that the mother could not breastfeed the baby, despite its cry for food in the course of the journey.
Ikengaonline gathered that the good Nigerian put a call through to Anambra Police on its Control Room hotline in Awka, which then relayed the information to the Police at Bridgehead in Onitsha.
The Police laid in wait for the luxury bus described and intercepted it in the evening hours. The couple and the Baby were identified and brought down for questioning and they confessed buying the child from its mother in Ajah, Lagos for the sum of thirty thousand naira.
The Commissioner of Police, CP Aderemi Adeoye thanked the public-spirited citizen for his humane concern in giving the information that led to the rescue of the child.
He commended Police Operatives for their vigilance and dedication to duty.
He however directed that the couple be handed over to the National Agency for Prohibition in Trafficking Persons, NAPTIP, for further investigation and prosecution.
The Commissioner said the Baby has been handed to the Ministry of Women Affairs for care by the State Government.