by crossriverwatch admin
A Lawyer from Cameroon, Mrs. Ngala Norgu Julia has been arrested by men of the Cross River State Command of the Nigerian Immigration Service for allegedly being in possession of a one week old baby girl which she claims she was delivered of by a herbalist at Okitipupa, Ondo State.
Mr. Samuel Igochi, the Comptroller of Immigration, Cross River State Command said Mrs. Ngala was arrested by intelligence and investigation team of the service at the Calabar Port while trying to smuggle the baby which apparently she did not deliver to Cameroon.
“She claims a herbalist, the owner of Ayodele Herbal Home in Okitipupa, Ondo State gave her some herbs which she took in November 2012 in she got pregnant and delivered the baby but there are no signs in her that she actually delivered that baby”.
Mr. Ogochi said a team was constituted to examine her but after due examination, there are no signs in her that she actually delivered the baby since the 1st of September, 2013 which she gave as the date for her delivery, her breast were not able to produce any milk as is always the case with every birth for the baby which is quite unusual.
“She said she paid the sum of 1.5 million naira to the woman who delivered the baby for her, why such whooping sum for just delivery which is not by caesarean process”.
He said the child would be handed over to NAPTIP for safe custody till the determination of the case. “Taking care of such a baby is very expensive and time demanding and since the Nigerian Immigration Service is not equipped to handle such responsibility, we will hand over the child like the one we had two weeks ago to NAPTIP in Uyo”
Mrs. Ngala who was accompanied by another Cameroonian lady, Mrs. Mende Cecila Fru said she heard about Ayodele Herbal Home and how there are assisting women to deliver children supernaturally so she had to borrow money and came to Nigeria to consult the woman and she was given herbal medicine which she took and pregnant.
“When I heard that the woman was helping women without children to deliver babies, I borrowed money here and there and came to Nigeria and she gave me herbal medicine and when I went back I met my partner and I became pregnant”.
According to her, out of the sum of 1.5 million Naira she paid Ayodele Herbal Home, the sum of 277,000 Naira was for the herbs to enable her become pregnant while 1 .2 million Naira was for the delivery of the baby.
“She told me the delivery was supernatural so I should not visit any orthodox medicine when I am about to deliver, that I should go to Okitipupa and truly when I got there, after nine days she took me to a room and delivered me of the baby”.
She said she was asked to lie on the floor while somebody exerted pressure on her stomach while she was asked to push and the baby came out and fell on the floor. “The woman then beat the child three times on the back and the child began to cry and I was asked to stand up”.
Mrs. Fru who accompanied Mrs. Ngala on her part said she did not go inside the room where the baby was delivered but sat in the parlor and when she heard a baby cry, “They took me inside and I saw the child still covered with blood and I was very happy for my friend for the successful delivery of her baby”.
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