Child trafficking: 2 women arrested in Calabar with 5 day-old-baby

By The Citizen

The Nigeria Immigration Service (NIS) in Calabar on Saturday said it arrested two Camerounian women child trafficker's suspect with a five-day-old baby.

The state NIS Comptroller, Mr Samuel Igoche, said the suspects include a legal practitioner, Mrs Ngala Nungu, 47, and Mrs Mende Cecilia, 54.

Igoche told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that Nungu claimed to have delivered the baby at a herbal clinic at Okitipupa in Ondo state.

He said that Nungu claimed she spent N1.5 million to buy herbal medicine from the lady who owns the herbal clinic.

He said that investigation conducted by immigration officials showed that Nungu never gave birth to the baby, adding that the child in her custody was from a source she refused to identify.

Narrating her story to NAN, Nungu said she got information about the herbal clinic in Cameroun.

She said she borrowed the money she used in buying the drugs which made her pregnant.

'I came to Nigeria, met the woman who owns the herbal clinic and bought the drugs. One month after taking the drugs, I met with my husband and became pregnant,'' she said.

Nungu said that she had not giving birth before and fed the baby with baby's food because her breast had no milk.

She appealed to men of the NIS to release her and her baby to return home.

Her friend Mende corroborated the story, saying that she witnessed the delivery of the baby.

'I heard her screaming while in the delivery room and later heard the cry of a baby; I rushed in and saw the new born baby who was still covered with blood.

The baby is currently under the care of the NIS in Calabar.  (NAN)