Abia State Police Command has declared a search for one Uchenna , for allegedly stealing a four-month-old baby boy who he gave to his girlfriend, Kelechi Uche, to sell.
Police Commissioner, Joshak Habila, who paraded the Kelechi in Umuahia, said she was arrested by members of the public at Osusu Aku where she was looking for buyers.
According to the police boss, Uchenna and four other suspects, still on the run, stole the boy at gun point on August 21 at Ntigha Uzo in Obingwa Local Government Area of the state, and handed him over to the girlfriend to sell.
He said Kelechi drew the suspicion of some eagle-eyed members of the public who spotted her on August 26 with a baby who was crying uncontrollably but she could not breastfeed him.
The CP said she was arrested by the curious members of the public following her incoherent and unsatisfactory answer when she was asked if she was the biological mother of the baby.
“Because of the suspicion, she was immediately arrested and handed over to the police at Ugwunagbo Division for further questioning,” the CP said.
He added that upon interrogation, “the suspect revealed that the child was stolen by her boy friend, Uchenna, and four others and given to her to sell.”
The CP said the suspect also revealed that the baby was first kept in the house of one Mrs. Love Chinkata , also on the run, before she collected him to sell.
Police said efforts were on to trace the biological parents of the baby and to also apprehend other fleeing suspects in connection with the crime.