A 22-year-old young lady, Chinaza Onwuasoanya, is cooling her heels in police custody for child trafficking.
The Sun reports that Onwuasoanya was said to have started the child trafficking business after selling her first baby.
She was impregnated by her boyfriend in Lagos and returned to Anambra state to have the baby; She was however too ashamed to go back home to her parents. After giving birth, a friend was said to have introduced her to 45-year-old Goodness, who runs an orphanage, which the police allege, was a cover for a baby-trafficking operation.
Onwuasoanya allegedly sold her baby to Goodness for N150,000. And that was the beginning of it all.
Recounting her journey into child-trafficking, Onwuasoanya told Sunday Sun:
“I got into child trafficking two years ago. I have sold 20 male and female children to Madam Goodness who operates the orphanage. She paid me between N150,000 and N200,000 for each baby I sold to her. I got to know her when I became pregnant and gave birth to a girl on October 4, 2013.
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"After I delivered the baby, a friend introduced me to Madam Goodness. I took my daughter to her and she gave me N150,000.00, to take care of myself. After that time, I decided to go into child trafficking by kidnapping children coming back from school or getting them in the street. Then I would take them to Madam Goodness. And she would sell them between N150,000 and N200,000.
"But I was arrested on May 1, 2017, when I stole a set of twins at an estate in Onitsha and took them to my house. Suddenly the father of the twins traced me to my house and came with policemen and I was arrested.”
Onwuasoanya went on to confess about how she and her gang killed two policemen, Inspector Shuaibu Usman and Sergeant Julius Matthew, of Police Mobile Force 29 in February, 2017 at Nkpor fly-over, Onitsha. She explained how they took their AK-47 rifles, which were later used to commit robberies in Nkpor, Obosi, Ogidi, Nkpor Old Road, Awka, Oye-agu.
According to her, after every robbery operation, she gets between N50,000 and N80,000 depending on how much was gotten. She also assisted the SARS operatives to arrest three members of the gang while the other six members escaped and are still at large.
“I have regretted what I did. My parents are alive. It was my friend who introduced to child trafficking and which led me to armed robbery today,” Onwuasoanya said, the reality of what lies ahead weigh heavily on her mind.
Meanwhile, the Commander of SARS, Supol Sunday Okpe confirmed that Onwuasoanya’s confession led to the arrest of three people alleged to be members of the gang. The suspects are: Ifeanyi Onwukwe a.k.a Nger, 22; Chidubem Osita a.k.a Kabaka, 23, and Chijioke Obi a.k.a Abababa, who is 23 years old.