Kano State Police Command says it has arrested a couple and a nurse for buying a five-year-old boy. DSP Magaji Majiya, the Police Public Relations Officer, PPRO, of the Command disclosed this to newsmen, while parading the suspects in Kano, yesterday.
Majiya said the suspects were apprehended on October 10 following a tip-off by one Hajiya Fatima, who offered to sell her baby to plot for the suspects’ arrest. He said: “We received information from Hajiya Fatima that someone wants to buy her baby. So we told her to tell them she has agreed to sell the boy. “The suspects bought the baby at the rate of N15,000 and paid N13,000 as part payment.” The PPRO said that one of the suspects, Itopam Pius, who claimed to be a nurse at ECWA Eye Hospital, Kano, was arrested while trying to confiscate the baby from his mother. According to him, the nurse intended to buy the baby for a couple, Mr and Mrs Charles Bob-Manuel, who came to Kano from Rivers State to adopt a baby because they were married for 12-years without a child. Majiya added that the nurse confessed to have committed the offence, while the couple denied the offence.
He said that investigation is still ongoing, adding that the suspects will be charged to court. “The couple told the Police that the nurse was deceiving them, that they came to Kano orphanage home with all their supporting documents to adopt a child legitimately and that they don’t know Hajiya Fatima,” Majiya added.