A syndicate that specialises in the procurement, abduction and sale of babies has been uncovered in Abuja by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons.
The Assistant Director, Press and Public Relations of NAPTIP, Mr. Orakwue Arinze, said in a statement on Tuesday that besides Abuja, the syndicate had cells in Enugu, Lagos and Minna.
The key members of the syndicate are the suspected two baby-sellers, Kingsley Livinus and Martina Onwelike.
Others involved are the suspected buyers, Joy Opara, Mr. and Mrs. Godwin Dike, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Anyanwu, Mrs. Blessing Ngozi Nwoha, as well as one Rebecca Auta.
According to NAPTIP, on August 31 the National Human Rights Commission brought to its attention a case concerning a 16- year-old orphan, Peace Asugwo, from Agwa, Oguta LGA of Imo State, who had a six-month old baby, Devine Asugwo out of wedlock.
Peace alleged that the key suspect, Kingsley, through one Martha Nwosu, a teacher in her village, requested her hand in marriage, a request which was granted by her grandparents.
Kingsley took Peace and her baby to Abuja and lodged them in a hotel in Kubwa, instead of his house.
After some days, he introduced a nurse to Peace as his elder sister who was to take care of the baby and innocently, the young mother handed the baby over to the nurse.
Thereafter, Kingsley and the nurse disappeared with the baby, abandoning Peace in the hotel. Peace was eventually ejected after which she approached the NHRC.