A 43-year-old fake nurse, Uju Okonkwo, now in the hand of the police in Asaba, Delta State, has reportedly sold a three month old baby to a Lagos-based businessman for N500,000.
Also a fake lawyer, Ezurum Joseph,
who claimed he graduated from the
Nnamdi Azikwe University (NAU ),
Anambra State, in 2011 with
registration number 39017, was
arrested along with Okonkwo.
Over the years, Mr. Joseph provided
the hideouts where Okonkwo was
using to harbour her victims and has stood as the woman’s solicitor.
The said fake lawyer confessed that
he dropped out of school after he
could not pass four courses.
This prevented him from attending
Law School. However, he has since
been defrauding unsuspecting members of the public, claiming to
be a lawyer.
3 female human trafficking victims,
Chinyere Ude (19), Happiness Igwe
(20) and Esther Frank (17), who
were respectively in their advanced
stages of pregnancy, were rescued
from the traffickers’ den.
The girls said they were brought to
the hideout by Okonkwo, a widow,
who claimed to have worked at
Chinonso Hospital, Nkpor in
Anambra State, for the purpose of
selling their babies after delivery.
Men of the Special Anti-Kidnapping
Squad (SAKS) raided the hideout on
Okpanam Road in Oshimili North
area of Delta State, after a tip-off that
the three girls had been kept there
and would soon deliver while their babies would be sold to the highest
The state Commissioner of Police,
Zanna Ibrahim, who paraded the
suspects with the pregnant girls in
Asaba, said Uju Okonkwo was
nabbed after an intensive
surveillance by his men.
Gnashing her teeth on the parade
ground, Uju, who has no registered
name for her organisation and had
been in the game with the fake
lawyer for a year, confessed that she sold a baby for N500,000 to a Lagos-based businessman.
Cp Ibrahim described the suspects as human traffickers. He said: “The
matter before us is a complete case
of human trafficking and other
related offences. Only God knows
how many innocent children they have sold into slavery [and] to
unknown persons for money
The fake nurse Uju and her fake
lawyer Mr. Joseph are now under