Confusion as two women fight over one child in Imo State
Tiamiyu Saheed Oluwatosin
In what looks like a repetition of the biblical story of King Solomon where two prostitutes laid claim to a baby, the Imo State Police Command is in a serious confusion over the claim by two women to a child stolen from Onitsha, Anambra State but found in Imo State.The child simply identified as Emmanuel Adinna Okoro was born on Monday, August 9, 2010 and was stolen from his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Chinedu Okoro who are residents of Awada-Obosi, Onitsha by a lady who formed to be his aunt. After the sudden vanish of little Emmanuel Okoro his parents, made a report at the Awada police station, after which police immediately swung into action, searching for the stolen baby who was 18 months old at the time of theft.After a long search, the efforts became fruitful when police detectives nabbed a suspect simply identified as Ngozi who had come back to Onitsha to steal other babies.The police was immediately informed by the family and the little housemaid from whom the baby was stolen, identified the suspect on the spot.After the baby was recovered, the police in Imo State where the suspect took Emmanuel to, in spite of that, refused to release the baby to his parents after evidence had been provided to identify the child.That development incited the counsel to the family of the stolen baby, Mr. Ignatius Umennabude to petition the Imo State Commissioner of Police.It was however learnt that the case took another dramatic dimension when the parents of Emmanuel were told the baby was with the Social Welfare Officer in Imo State Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development and that they could not have access to him.The Deputy Commissioner Police (DCP), in charge of Criminal Investigation Department (CID), was quoted as saying that another lady had lodged a complaint that she gave birth to a baby boy and left the child under the care of a certain nurse who was at that time being detained by police in connection with child trafficking.The other woman alleged that the recovered baby, Emmanuel, was her son, stressing that she gave birth to him while still in school and decided to leave the baby with the nurse to complete her education and when she came back, she could not find her baby.On interrogation, the suspect, Ngozi confirmed that the baby belonged to Mrs. Okoro, but she could not explain the whereabouts of the son of the other woman, which raised questions on whether the baby had been sold and Emmanuel used as a replacement.The suspect, Ngozi, the nurse who allegedly sold the other woman’s child and 12 others were charged to court but the police in Imo State insisted that there must be DNA test to determine the true parents of the stolen baby.
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