By Mustapha Sumaila
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested a 38- year- previous herbalist for allegedly promoting a brand new born child for N650,000.
The accused, Chigozie John Emmanuel, A.Okay.A ‘Akuchi’, allegedly bought the brand new born child to a girl whom he promised to make pregnant spiritually.
The Head, Press and Public Relations of NAPTIP, Mr Josiah Emerole, stated in Abuja on Sunday that Emmanuel, who’s from Enugu State, owned “Akuchi Herbal Concept”, situated at New Nyanya, Abuja.
He was arrested after weeks of surveillance mounted by officers of the company and people of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Emanuel was beforehand arrested by the Nigerian Police, when a girl was caught with a child in Abuja en route Minna, Niger State.
Emerole acknowledged that the herbalist instructed his sufferer he has made her pregnant and cautioned her towards in search of medical help and to not go for ante-natal care.
When it was time for her to ship, the sufferer was directed by Emmanuel to Port-Harcourt the place a child was handed over to her.
Emerole disclosed that the sufferer confessed paying the suspected youngster trafficker the sum of N650,000.
He famous that the suspect who was arrested on the weekend was at present below investigations for alleged youngster trafficking and shall be charged in courtroom as quickly as investigation was concluded.
The spokesperson stated the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, has recommended the officers for his or her painstaking surveillance which led to the arrest.
She warned members of the general public, particularly girls, to cease patronizing such ‘herbalists’, because the sale of infants was against the law punishable by regulation.
“I’m urging who want to undertake a baby to undergo regular process acceptable by regulation.
“I’m reiterating the commitments of the company to deal with the problem of kid trafficking in Nigeria.
“I am appealing for more information from the general public about any such act or ‘illegal maternity homes’ in their neighbourhood where these unwholesome activities take place” she stated. (NAN)