|Rev. Egbochiogum (right), his wife, Ugo ( middle), and Mba|
A 71- year old retired pastor of a pentecostal church in Abriba, Ohafia Local Government Area of Abia State, Rev. Chima Egbochiogum, and his wife, Ugo, have been arrested for an alleged illegal adoption of a baby.
Commissioner of Police, Joshak Habila, who paraded the couple in Umuahia, alongside other suspects in connection with.....the incident, alleged they bought a stolen baby.
The police boss said the pastor and his wife were nabbed following a confession by a notorious child trafficker who was arrested last month for human trafficking.
According to him, the child trafficker, identified simply as Ekwutosi, stole an 11-month-old baby girl belonging to a 21- year -old pregnant mother, who he had pretended to assist.
He said Ekwutosi had approached the young woman, who had a baby out of wedlock, with promise that he would secure a job opportunity for her.
The excited woman was said to have left her baby in the custody of Ekwotosi when she went to buy food for her.
“But by the time the mother returned, Ekwutosi had disappeared with the baby,” the police commissioner said.
According to Habila, the suspect was later intercepted by the police at Owerrinta when he was allegedly trafficking pregnant girls to Port Harcourt.
He said the suspect confessed to his criminal activities including the stealing of the 11- month old baby during interrogations.
His confession led to the arrest of the pastor who allegedly adopted the stolen baby.
Habila said the suspect sold the baby at the cost of N500, 000 to the wife of the pastor.
But later in an interview with journalists, the pastor said he was not aware that the baby adopted by his wife was a stolen child.
The retired cleric had married his second wife following the death of his first wife, who had born children to him.
He said he was innocent of the crime as he thought the adoption followed due process.
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