Operatives of the Special Military Task Force, Operation Safe Haven, STF, OPSH, Jos have arressted two women with a four day old baby suspected to have been bought from a yet to be identified person.
The suspects, Doris Egbufurum, 39 and Esther James , 40 were on Tuesday paraded by OPSH in Jos.
They had been arrested on Monday evening with the baby at Babale Gwam checkpoint, a boundary between Plateau and Bauchi states.
A vigilant passenger in the vehicle, in which the suspects were travelling with the baby, was said to have raised alarm after she noticed that the newborn may have been stolen.
Commander of sector 1, Operation Safe Haven, Colonel Musa Etsu-Ndagi told journalists that the prime suspect, Ebuburonu who was travelling to Lagos en route Jos from Bauchi, had confessed to have bought the baby for 300 thousand Naira.
“The suspects were intercepted at about 7:15pm on Monday and upon further questioning, it was discovered that Ms Doris had bought the baby. A passenger in the vehicle raised the alarm that she suspected that the baby with the two women was stolen because neither of them appeared to be her mother. The troops arrested them and investigation revealed that they bought the baby girl from one Mr. Abuna in Bauchi State for N300 ,000,” he said.
According to Miss Ebuburonu, she got involved in the crime because her aunt in Lagos, who has been married for years without a child, had contacted her to get a baby for her.
She said, “I was taking the baby to a woman who has been married for a long time without a child . She sent N 320 ,000 to me for the job. I bought the baby for N 300 ,000 and wanted to use the N20 ,000 balance for transport from Bauchi to Lagos.”
Colonel Etsu-Ndagi said the baby has been handed over to the anti trafficking unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Jos, Plateau state and that efforts are being made by OPSH to hand over the baby to the National Agency for Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
“NAPTIP does not have an office in Plateau State; their closest office is in Makurdi, Benue State.” he said.