A twelve year old girl, Mary Nmakamba Eyo and two nurses Amaladi Isaac and Lillian Aloysius are being detained by the police in Akpabuyo, in the outskirts of Calabar, the Cross River State capital for allegedly stealing a baby delivered by the girl without the consent of her parents.
Mrs Justina Eyo, elder sister to Nmakamba who reported the matter to the police which led to the arrest and detention of the three, said the girl who got pregnant sometime in 2012 went missing two months ago and resurfaced last week without the pregnancy or the baby.
According to Justina, the family searched every where for the girl but could not locate her whereabouts until last week when she came back.
“She was impregnated by a married man in our village who for obvious reasons could not take her into his home but was taking care of her in the little way that he could but suddenly last March, the girl disappeared and we have searched everywhere without locating her”.
She said last Friday, the girl came back without the pregnancy or the baby. She was asked where the baby was and she said the woman who took her away to Umuahia in Abia State collected the baby and gave her 2,000 naira to return to Calabar.
“She said the woman met her here in Akpabuyo and took her to a Maternity home Abia and when she gave birth, the woman gave her some drugs and she slept off. When she woke up, she did not see the baby and the woman gave her money to return to Caalabar”.
Justina who is a teacher said she was disturbed by her younger sister’s tale adding that her look suggested something was wrong.
She immediately reported the matter to the police. Nmakamba was detained and the next day they took her to Abia to locate the Maternity and the woman who took the baby from her. According to her, when they got there, the woman on sighting the girl escaped but two nurses in the maternity were arrested and brought down to Calabar on Tuesday evening.
When Saturday Vanguard visited the Akpabuyo Divisional Police Station at Ikot Nakanda, the two ladies, Lillian and Amaladi aged about 25 and 28 were seen sitting on the floor of the cell of the station looking unkempt .
Mr Louis Nsamba, the Divisional Police Officer for Akpabuyo was not available for comment but a reliable source at the station confirmed that “We are investigating the case of a missing child and those ladies were brought in from Abia State yesterday in connection with that investigation ”.