By CrossRiverWatch admin
A man and his wife suspected to be child traffickers have been arrested and are cooling their feet at the Cross River State Police Command Headquarters.
This was disclosed to our reporter by the State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Inyang Asibong recently where she said the suspects (Mr. and Mrs. Godwin Eze) were arrested by the police following a tip-off.
According to the Commissioner, the accused persons have been operating a shop within the premises of the General Hospital, Mary Slessor road Calabar since 2011 which they also use for their trafficking activities.
The Commissioner for Health, maintained that “The suspect who have being trafficking in persons for about five years have lived in the General Hospital Calabar doing this with his wife. There has been suspicion once but nobody was really sure, he has a shop there, so normally the authorities think that they go home at night, but they don’t, what happens is that, he deceitfully locks his door from outside when he is inside, when you come and see the padlock, you think that there is nobody there”.
Furthermore, she revealed that, “He has been having these pregnant girls come around, for a long time and presently he has like five of them at the same time. The woman brings them to the labor ward and when they want to deliver, she claims there are her husband sisters and at some point, it became obvious and she started delivering the girls by herself in an un-conducive environment in the General Hospital unknown to anyone.
“The man admitted to the act. Now one of the girls, because of the stress she went into labor last night delivered a bouncing baby boy, she almost delivered at the police station, we found out that the man has been doing this for five years now, they sell a male child for N200, 000.00 and the female for N150, 000.00”.
Following a tip-off by someone, and after confirming from the Medical Superintendent of the General Hospital, she launched an investigation into the matter which resulted in the arrest.
Dr. Inyang disclosed that one of the pregnant girls who is about 17 years old said she wants to sell her child because she has another child and her parents died and she has been unable to make ends meet forcing her not to want the baby as the person responsible refused to take care of her. “She now decided to sell this one so that she can get money to send the first child to school”.
CrossRiverWatch also gathered that the trafficking business of Mr. Godwin Eze has collaborators among the workers of the general hospitals including some doctors and nurses who have been assisting and benefitting financially from the sale of the children and the state has promised to uncover them.
At the time of filing this report, the man, his wife and the three girls are at the Police Headquarters Calabar.
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