Two nurses working at Trinity Clinic, Meiran, Lagos, has been arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly selling a woman’s baby and deceiving her that she had a stillbirth.
It was reported that the nurses, Mrs. Marbel Onochel and Dorcas Omitogun, allegedly sold the baby for N350,000 to Mrs. Helen Okoh, a resident of Ajah in Lagos who has also been arrested by the police.
The suspects were alleged to have told the baby’s parents that it died and they buried the stillborn to save the family the trauma.
Besides allegedly engaging in child theft and trafficking, it was learnt that Onochel, a Delta State indigene, also ran an illegal traditional hospital at Meiran.
Trouble, however, reportedly started after the woman’s family insisted that they wanted to see the body, but the suspects could provide it.
When the family insisted on seeing the body, the nurses claimed that the baby’s head was bad, prompting the family to report at the police station.
It was learnt that the suspects were arrested and during investigation, they confessed to have sold the baby to Mrs. Okoh.
It was gathered that Onochel kept N250,000 from the sale and gave Omitogun N100,000.
During interrogation, the woman who bought the baby said she was desperate for a child because she was unable to conceive, as she had fibroid.
Confirming their arrest, police spokesman Bala Elkana, a Deputy Superintendent (DSP), told The Nation that the baby had been recovered from the buyer.
He said: “We have recovered the baby, arrested the woman who bought the baby and the two nurses who conspired and sold the baby. The suspects will be charged to court.”