A herbalist, Chigozie Emmanuel, popularly called ‘Akuchi’, is in police net for his alleged engagement in baby selling business.

His arrested was announced by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking In Persons (NAPTIP) on Sunday in a statement by its spokesman, Mr Josiah Emerole.

 The 38-year-old herbalist, according to Emerole, sold the new born baby to a woman whom he promised to make pregnant through spirituality.

He said that Emmanuel, who hails from Enugu State, owned Akuchi Herbal Concept at New Nyanya area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He was arrested after weeks of surveillance by officers of the agency and those of the Department of State Services.

Mr Emerole explained that Emanuel was previously arrested by the Nigeria Police Force, when a woman was caught with a baby in Abuja en-route Minna.

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The herbalist had told his victim he had made her pregnant and cautioned her not to go to the hospital for any medical treatment or ante-natal care.

He said that based on the victim’s narration, when it was time for her ‘delivery’, Emmanuel directed her to Port-Harcourt where a baby was handed over to her.

Emerole disclosed that the woman confessed to have paid the suspected trafficker 650,000 Naira for the baby.

He noted that the suspect, who was arrested at the weekend, was currently under investigation for alleged child trafficking and would be arraigned as soon as investigation was concluded.

The Director-General of NAPTIP, Dame Julie Okah-Donli, commended the officers for their painstaking surveillance which culminated in the arrest.

“She further warned the public, especially women, to stop patronising such ‘herbalists’, as the sale of babies is a crime punishable by law.

“I am urging couples who wish to adopt a child to go through normal procedure acceptable by law.

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“I am reiterating the commitment of the agency to tackling child trafficking in Nigeria.

“I am appealing for more information from the general public about any such act or ‘illegal maternity homes’ in their neighbourhood where these unwholesome activities take place” she said.

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