by crossriverwatch admin
A twelve year old girl, Mary Nmakamba Eyo and two nurses, Amaladi Isaac and Lillian Aloysius are being detained by the police in Akpabuyo, in the outskirts of Calabar, the Cross River State capital for allegedly stealing a baby delivered by the girl without the consent of her parents.
Mrs. Justina Eyo, elder sister to Nmakamba who reported the matter to the police which led to the arrest and detention of the three, said the girl who got pregnant sometime in 2012 went missing two months ago and resurfaced last week without the pregnancy or the baby.
According to Justina, the family searched everywhere for the girl but could not locate her whereabouts until last week when she came back. “She was impregnated by a married man in our village who for obvious reasons could not take her into his home but was taking care of her in the little way that he could but suddenly last March the girl disappeared and we have searched everywhere without locating her”.
She said when last Friday the girl came back without the pregnancy or the baby she was asked where the baby was and she said the woman who took her away to Umuahia in Abia State collected the baby and gave her 2,000 Naira to return to Calabar. “she said the woman met her here in Akpabuyo and took her to a Maternity home in Abia and when she gave birth the woman gave her some drugs and she slept off when she woke up she did not see the baby and the woman gave her money to return to Calabar”.
Justina who is a teacher said when she listened to the younger sister’s tale and her unkempt looks, she knew that something was wrong and so she had to report to the police which subsequently detained her and the next day took her to Abia to locate the Maternity and the woman who took the baby from her but when they got there the woman on sighting the girl escaped but two nurses in the maternity were arrested and brought down to Calabar on Tuesday evening.
When crossriverwatch visited the Akpabuyo Divisional Police Station at Ikot Nakanda, the two ladies, Lillian and Amaladi aged about twenty five and twenty eight were seen sitting on the floor of the cell of the station looking unkempt .
Mr. Louis Nsamba, the Divisional Police Officer of the station was not available for comments but a reliable source at the station confirmed that “We are investigating the case of a missing child and those ladies were brought in from Abia State yesterday in connection with that investigation ”.
DSP John Umoh, the spokesman of the Cross River Police Command said he was yet to be briefed on the matter.
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