A baby boy, David Johnny, who was stolen by a doctor with the consent¬†of his mother, Esther Johnny, and sold to a woman in Abuja has been recovered by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
It was gathered that the mother initially denied knowledge of involvement in the crime but the police intensified efforts to unravel the whereabouts of the baby.
The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Gabriel Achong said that when the police apprehended the doctor, he tried to frustrate police investigation into the matter.
The CP said: ‚ÄúThe police in Akwa Ibom State have rescued a baby boy, David Johnny, who was stolen when he was three-day-old and handed over to a doctor in Port Harcourt. The baby was subsequently taken to Abuja. When we found the doctor, he refused to cooperate as he tried to frustrate the efforts of the police in investigating the case of the stolen boy”.
‚ÄúMy officers in the trafficking department moved from Uyo to Port Harcourt, Umuahia, and Aba in search of the stolen child”.
‚ÄúIt was not until Wednesday, April 22, when the pressure became so much, that the woman who had bought the child, took the child back to the clinic in Port Harcourt, where she bought him, and abandoned him there,‚ÄĚ he said.
According to him it was the phone call the woman, who had bought the child, made to the doctor who was in the police custody in Uyo that enabled them to trace the baby to the hospital.
‚ÄúThe biological mother sold the child through the doctor to the woman for N300,000.‚ÄĚ
Esther, 18, said David was her third baby and she could not take care of all of her children. She said she was given N150,000 from the proceeds from the sale of her baby.