Four persons including a Federal Civil Servant based in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State Capital, have been arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) on allegations of buying and selling of babies and conspiracy to commit crime.
The Federal Civil Servant Mrs. Wilson Erurom and another middle aged man, Mr. Marksoo Uzer, an employee of First Fertility Hospital, Makurdi Benue State, Albert Motemi and Gabriel Gav were arrested in Makurdi, the Benue State capital through a combine effort of operatives of the Agency and the Department of State Services (DSS).
During interrogation, the woman who is the intending buyer stated that she linked up with the suspect after listening to an advertorial in one of the broadcast stations in Yenagoa in which the man boasted of assisting people to get children either through in-planting, in -vitro fertilization or outright adoption.
She explained that because age was not on her side, she preferred outright adoption of infant and she subsequently paid the sum of
existing between NAPTIP and the DSS as demonstrated in the prompt referral of the case. She advised Nigerians to always ensure that due process is followed when confronted with issues of child adoption.
The NAPTIP boss promised that the case will be thoroughly investigated and charged to court.
Head, Press and Public Relations Unit