A woman identified as Juliet Phillips has been arrested, along with her mother and a retired director in the Community Development Department of the Ministry of Women Affairs in Delta State, Collins Ogbor, for stealing a two-year-old boy from his mother and selling him to a pastor of the Redeemed Christian Church of God (RCCG), for N900,000.
According to Daily Post, the trio were arrested at Idogbo in Ikpoba-Okah Local Government Area of Edo State by officers and men of the Nigeria Police Force from the “A” Division in Warri.
The prime suspect, Juliet Phillips, who operates an illegal orphanage, Godswill Orphanage at Ekpan community near Newton Agbofodo’s compound allegedly stole the boy, Testimony, a twin from the mother, believed to be close to imbecility.
The mother of the boy, who daily begs for alms at Effurun market, went for her usual business that fateful day when Juliet Phillips, accosted her pretending to be nice to her and the children.
Juliet offered to assist the vulnerable woman with a job at Igbudu market and she accepted. Both of them boarded a commercial tricycle popularly referred to as Keke to Igbudu market.
Juliet said the vulnerable woman should pay for her own transportation because she can only afford to pay for herself. Already Juliet under a pretence of help, backed one of the children (the boy) as the two of them were sleeping.
Immediately they arrived Igbudu market, Juliet hurriedly paid for herself before they got down from the Keke and before the woman finish paying and collecting her balance from the commercial tricycle operator, Juliet disappeared with the child she backed.
The vulnerable mother cried over her missing child in Effurun market, drawing the attention of sympathizers.
In the process, the President of the Nigerian Welfare Fund, Comrade Joshua Omorere was called and after carefully listening to the plight of the woman. He handed the matter over to the police, who promptly launched an investigation into the matter which led to the arrests of the trio.
Meanwhile, it was learnt that Juliet took the two-year-old baby to Deliverance Orphanage operated by her mother in Ozoro community in Isoko North Local Government Area of Delta State.
It was from the Deliverance Orphanage, which is registered with the Delta State Government, that the little boy was sold (adopted) to a pastor in the Redeemed Christian Church of God, RCCG, in Edo State at the rate of nine hundred thousand naira.
The cleric renamed the two-year-old boy from Testimony to Favour, so that he could not be identified by people of traced by the police to his house in Benin-City.
A retired director of Community Development, Ministry of Women Affairs, Collins Ogbor, is allegedly involved in the sale (adoption) of the boy to the pastor.
A source within the “A” division police station, who craved anonymity, told Daily Post that the boy has been reunited with his mother.
The police source said the files of the suspects, who are helping the police with useful information, will be transferred to the Department of Public Prosecution, DPP, on Monday for advice.