Catholic Priest and Accomplices nabbed for Child trafficking in Anambra (photo)


A Reverend Father and an accomplice was on Thursday paraded by the by the Police in Osun State for allegedly stealing and selling an 18-month-old baby, Abdullahi Azeez in Osogbo, the state capital.
The ‘clergyman’, Rev. Father Chike Ejiofor, who claimed he is the parish priest of Our Lady of Fatima, Woliwo, Onitsha, Anambra State, Police say will be charged with Child trafficking very soon.
The Commissioner of Police in Osun State, Mr. Fimihan Adeoye, parading the suspects at the police headquarters, said the infant was put up for sale for N800,000 and the process facilitated by the reverend father.
He added that the suspects stole the baby and drugged him so that he would not cry while they try to take him away from the State.
One of the accomplices, 28-year-old Joy Esu, said she had approached the mother of the baby at her shop and pretended that she wanted to learn tailoring and the mother accepted.
Two days after, Esu said she abducted the child while the mother was at the market to buy a few things.
She said she then gave the infant to her boyfriend, Sidney Onwuka, who then sold the baby to one Maxwell Agu, who claimed to be running a government registered orphanage at Orlu, Imo State.
The cleric, during interrogation with journalists, said he contacted the operator  of the orphanage, after a woman called him that she needed a male child to adopt..
He said, “This woman, Elizabeth, met me after adoration and said she wanted to adopt a male child. I contacted Maxwell (Agu) because I know that he has an orphanage. He brought a form for adoption.
My hands, legs and entire body are in the trap now, how do I extricate myself?  I only wanted to help the woman; I had no other intention.”
The CP said the baby was sold for N800,000 and the sale  of the baby was facilitated by the reverend father.
He said the suspects stole the baby and drugged him so that he would not cry out when they were taking  him away from Osun State.


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