Enugu State Police Command has arrested three women, Ukorie Cynthia, Onyia Pauline, and Aroh Ijeoma, for allegedly selling newborn twins and killing the children’s mother, Chinenye Odoh.
Child Traffickers Arrested
The three suspects were arraigned on Friday before a Magistrates’ Court in Enugu on three count charge of conspiracy, trafficking of newborn twins and murder.
The trio were said to have sold the twins for N3 million but poisoned the mother of the twins who expectedly was involved in the business, after she realised that the suspects gave her an amount lesser than the amount they sold her babies.
According to the State Police Public Relations Officer Daniel Ndukwe (DSP) the suspects, Ukorie Cynthia, 25; Onyia Pauline, 56 and Aroh Ijeoma, 39 all resident in Enugu were remanded in Enugu Correctional Custodial Centre, pending further hearing in the case.
Ndukwe said they were arraigned following the consolidation and conclusion of investigations into the case by the State Criminal Intelligence and Investigation Department of the Command.
Giving further details he said, “The suspects, who were arrested on 26/07/2022, by Police Operatives serving in Central Police Station (CPS) Enugu, were remanded in Enugu Correctional Custodial Centre, pending further hearing of the case.
“Their arrest was sequel to the receipt of a report alleging that they conspired and sold the newborn twins of one Chinenye Odoh aged 31, and thereafter caused her death by poisoning her food, when she realized that the suspects gave her an amount lesser than the total sum they sold the babies.
“Investigations revealed that Ukorie Cynthia accommodated the deceased in her house till she put to birth on 05/07/2022, while Aroh Ijeoma facilitated the sale of the babies by contacting Onyia Pauline, a Nurse, who brought a couple that bought the babies upon their birth at the sum of three million naira (N3,000,000.00).
“That contrary to this sum, Ijeoma informed the deceased and mother of the babies, Chinenye, that the children were sold for two million, three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N2,350,000.00) and thereafter, gave her the sum of one million, eight hundred thousand naira (N1,800,000.00); gave Cynthia and Pauline fifty thousand naira (N50,000.00) each; and kept the remaining proceed to herself.
“However, when the deceased and mother of the babies eventually knew the exact amount they sold the babies, she demanded for the balance, but was thereafter said to have eaten a suspected poisoned corn given to her by Cynthia, leading to her death.”
The case according to the Police image maker has been adjourned to October 5, for further hearing.
KanyiDaily had also reported how a 36-year-old man, Kingsley Essien, was arrested for allegedly trafficking his wife to Mali for prostitution and selling her 2-year-old son for N600,000 in Ogun.