Operatives of the Imo State Police Command have arrested a 55-year old woman, Mrs. Chinyere Ohanyere, for allegedly buying a set of twins for an undisclosed fee.
She was arrested alongside her relative, Adaeze Ohanyere, who, The Guardian gathered, “had been arrested before in a child trafficking case.”
The suspect popularly known as madam Chichi, who hails from Oguta Local Government Area of the state, was arrested on Tuesday at Graceland Estate, Owerri, the state capital.
A police source said she was arrested following a tip-off.
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The source, who confided in The Guardian, said the twins, a boy, and a girl were recovered and taken to a Motherless Babies home.
On interrogation, she alleged to have given birth to the twins on September 3, at Irette in the Owerri West Local Government Area of the state but medical examination proved otherwise,” the source said.
“The suspect is Mrs. Chinyere Ohanyere aka Madam Chichi, 55 years old. She was arrested at Greenland Estate, Owerri with the two babies.
“She alleged to have delivered the babies on Friday, September 3 while medical investigations have proven that she didn’t deliver them. She bought them and pretended to have delivered the babies. A boy and a girl.”
“Also arrested is her accomplice, Adaeze Ohanyere. She is also being detained alongside the principal suspect. They are helping the police in the investigation and arrested the woman, who allegedly sold the babies to her.
“We are not relenting and we are committed to arresting the other members of the syndicate. This is a crime against humanity,” the source added.
When contacted, the police spokesperson for the state, Micheal Abattam, confirmed the crime and assured that the suspects would be charged to court at the end of the investigation.