The Police Command in Abia State has arrested one Amarachi Chinedu, over her alleged involvement in the sale of a one-day-old baby boy in Aba.
Abia Commissioner of Police, Anthony Ogbizi, said in Umuahia on Thursday that the woman was arrested with two others for their alleged involvement in the deal.
The suspect, who claimed to be a prophetess, was arrested with the 17-year-old mother of the baby, Chinanu Monday, and the man who allegedly impregnated her, Promise Lazarus.
Monday told newsmen in an interview that she was delivered of her baby in the home of the prophetess and after the delivery “they took the baby away and sold him.”
She said that she was not involved in the deal as she was not given any money and did not know the buyer and whereabouts of her baby.
“When I was pregnant, Lazarus took me to the woman and she took delivery of the baby in her home.
“After the baby was delivered, they took him away and sold him,” she said.
She said that she got pregnant for Lazarus in December when they both met.
Lazarus and the prophetess, however, denied the allegation and described the girl’s story as baseless.
Lazarus said that he met the girl in March, contrary to her claim that they met in December.
“She told me in April that she was pregnant and I told her that I would come to her parents for introduction with drinks and kola nuts.
“Surprisingly, while I was making plans to visit her parents, policemen came to my house and arrested me, accusing me of child trafficking,” Lazarus said.
The prophetess described the allegation as unfounded, saying that the girl was never pregnant and could not have given birth to a baby.
“I want the girl to be examined by a medical doctor to ascertain if she gave birth to a baby,” she said.