By; BUHARI B. BELLO, Jos
Men of the Special Task Force (STF) Operation Safe Haven, Jos has arrested two women with a four-day old baby suspected to have been bought from a yet to be identified person.
Luck ran out of the women when a vigilant passenger, who was traveling alongside the suspected baby traffickers in a public car, raised alarm at the Babale checkpoint 1, in the outskirts of Jos, the Plateau State capital, after she noticed that the new born may not necessarily belong to the women.
Commander of Sector 1, Operation Safe Haven, Colonel Musa Etsu-Ndagi, who spoke to journalists shortly after the women were apprehended, said, upon interrogation the prime suspect, Miss Doris Ebuburonu who was traveling to Lagos en route Jos from Bauchi, had confessed to have bought the baby for 300 thousand Naira.
Colonel Etsu-Ndag said: “The suspects were intercepted at about 7:15pm on Monday and upon further questioning, it was discovered that Ms Doris had bought the baby from one Mr. Abuna in Bauchi State”
The 39-year-old Miss Ebuburonu explained that her aunt in Lagos, who has been married for years without a child, had contacted her to get a baby for her.
The other Suspect, Mrs. Esther James who is in her sixties, explained that they were former colleagues at the Peoples Clinic in Bauchi and denied any knowledge of how Ms. Doris procured the baby.
Mrs James claimed Miss Ebuburonu who was a former nurse at the clinic, had told her that the baby belongs to her aunt who had just died.
Colonel Etsu-Ndagi who later handed over the baby to the anti trafficking unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps Jos, Plateau State, assured the corps of the STF’s maximum cooperation in apprehending those behind the sale of the baby.
Though the baby appears to be healthy, efforts were being made to subject her to further medical examination to ascertain her true state of health.