A baby boy who was stolen at just three-days-old, by a medical doctor with the connivance of his mother and later sold to a childless woman in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory, has been recovered by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command after intensive investigations conducted by the Criminal Investigation Department of the command.
According to a statement released from the office of the Assistant Commissioner of Police in charge of the CID, Mike Okoli, the boy’s mother, Esther Johnny, in league with the medical doctor who delivered her of the child, David, sold him to a woman in Abuja but that the mother initially denied knowledge of the crime when the police intensified efforts to unravel the whereabouts of the baby.
Okoli said that even the doctor was apprehended, he did everything to frustrate the effort of the police but he had to succumb when he was told that he would be dragged to court if he failed to produce the missing child.
“The police in Akwa Ibom State have rescued a baby boy, David Johnny, who was stolen when he was three-day-old and handed over to a doctor in Port Harcourt. The baby was subsequently taken to Abuja.
When we found the doctor, he refused to cooperate as he tried to frustrate the efforts of the police in investigating the case of the stolen boy.
My officers in the trafficking department moved from Uyo to Port Harcourt, Umuahia, and Aba in search of the stolen child.
It was not until Wednesday, April 22, when the pressure became so much, that the woman who had bought the child, took the child back to the clinic in Port Harcourt, where she bought him, and abandoned him there.
The biological mother sold the child through the doctor to the woman for N300,000.”
The breakthrough on the case, according to Okoli, came when the woman put a phone call to the doctor while he was in detention that enabled the police to trace the baby to the hospital.
On why she sold her child, the mother who is only 18 years old, said she decided to take the action because she could not take care of the baby who is her third child for different men who all got her pregnant and abandoned her. She also said she only got N150,000 from the sale of her baby.