The Abia state police command has arrested a 71-year-old man, said to be a retired pastor, and his wife for allegedly stealing a baby.

Vanguard reports that the suspect and his wife were apprehended by the police, following an alarm raised by the mother of the child.

Joshak Habila, Abia state police commissioner, who paraded the suspects, said that a month ago a 21-year-old pregnant mother reported that a supposed friend under the pretense of offering help to her had stolen her 11-month-old baby.

However, the anti-robbery squad of the command intercepted him at Owerrinta and arrested for allegedly trafficking pregnant girls to Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.

The police commissioner revealed that the arrest led to the discovery of the baby, who had been previously stolen and allegedly sold to the retired pastor’s  wife.

Habila said that the suspect sold the baby for N500,000 to the wife of a pastor who kept the deal away from her husband. She allegedly told her husband that she went through the normal process of adoption for the baby.

The wife of the pastor admitted to have paid for the baby in the premises of Federal Medical Centre in Umuahia, through her friend, one Maria Mba. However, her husband denied knowledge of the illegal adoption of the baby, noting that he had been asking his wife to show the adoption documents which he claimed he never saw till date.

During the interrogation, other suspects, Maria Mba and Ekwutosi, also explained their role in the illegal deal.

Ekwutosi said that Mba had approached him and requested for baby girl which he arranged for and procured. After that he invited Mba and the pastor’s wife to the medical centre where the deal was finally sealed.

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Mba revealed that she had collected the money and gave N400,000 to Ekwutosi and kept N100,000 as part of her share of the deal. However, Ekwutosi denied receiving the money from her.

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