By Biola Lawal
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) has arrested a 38 12 months previous herbalist, Mr Chigozie Emmanuel, aka ‘Akuchi’, for promoting new born infants in Abuja.
NAPTIP mentioned in an announcement on Sunday in Abuja, that Emmanuel is from Enugu State and the proprietor of Akuchi Herbal Concept, positioned at New Nyanya, Abuja.
It mentioned he was arrested “after weeks of diligent surveillance by officers of the Agency and people of the Department of State providers’’.
Emmanuel was allegedly “deceiving ladies into considering they’re pregnant and thereafter giving different folks’s infants to them having collected plenty of cash’’.
“The arrest was based mostly on a earlier arrest by the Nigerian Police, of a lady whom they noticed with a child in Abuja enroute Minna, Niger State.
“Based on their suspicion, they detained and questioned the lady on the identification of the newborn she carried. She admitted to being a affected person of Emmanuel, whom she mentioned administered some herbs to her after years of infertility.
“She thereafter appeared pregnant and was cautioned towards going to the hospital for any medical therapy or ante-natal care.
“When it was time for her ‘delivery’, Mr. Emmanuel directed her to Port-Harcourt the place a child was handed over to her. She confessed to paying Mr. Emmanuel the sum of 600 and fifty thousand naira (N650,000) for his providers’’.
The assertion added that Emmanuel, who was arrested on the weekend, “helps in additional investigations on sale of human beings and baby trafficking’’.
Reacting to the arrest, the Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli counseled the Officers for his or her painstaking surveillance which culminated within the arrest.
She additional warned the general public, particularly ladies, to cease patronizing such ‘herbalists’, because the sale of infants is a criminal offense punishable by regulation.
The NAPTIP boss suggested who want to undertake a toddler to undergo the authorized technique of adoption.
According to her, a few of the infants bought to those ladies had been kidnapped from their organic dad and mom.
She known as for extra info from the general public about any such act or ‘maternity homes’ being run of their neighbourhood.