- A police corporal, Uche Odoemena, has been arrested for allegedly snatching a baby from a nursing mother and selling it for N600,000
- The Imo state police commissioner, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, reportedly ordered that Odoemena be dismissed and prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others
- Sources disclose that Odoemena had in the past been accused of human trafficking but without proof
A police corporal, Uche Odoemena, has been dismissed for allegedly snatching a baby at gunpoint from a nursing mother and selling it for N600,000.
Authority reports that Odoemena who serves in the Imo state police command allegedly committed the offence in Anambra state.
According to a source who does not want to be named, the dismissed officer allegedly snatched the new born baby at gunpoint from the yet-to-be identified mother in Anambra state and sold it for N600,000.
Following a complaint by the baby’s mother, the Anambra state police command tracked Odoemena down and arrested him.
The Anambra police command later handed him over to the Okigwe police area command.
Police sources have disclosed that the Imo state police commissioner, Mr. Taiwo Lakanu, is leaving no stone unturned to unravel how Odoemena sold the baby he stole.
The Imo state police boss reportedly ordered that Odoemena be dismissed and be prosecuted to serve as a deterrent to others.
Sources also disclosed that Odoemena, who is married to a fellow officer, Sergeant Cynthia Odoemena, had in the past been accused of human trafficking but without proof.
In related news, a four-year-old girl (names withheld), pupil of Unity Nursery/Primary School, Inyi, Enugu state, allegedly stolen by her mother’s younger sister and the boyfriend, and sold to one Florence Nwokocha for N350,000, has been recovered by police operatives in Abia state
Vanguard reports that the spokesperson for the Enugu state police command, Ebere Amaraizu, said report of the missing girl was made to the police on December 15, 2016 by Inyi community.