Child Trafficking: Police Parade Woman For Allegedly Selling Baby

Imo State

The Anambra State Police Command has paraded a woman, Ebele Awinonu, for selling her one month old baby boy for N200, 000 to a child trafficking syndicate alongside 17 suspects arrested for various crimes. 

The state Police Public Relations Officer, Mr. Uche Ezeh, said the syndicate was arrested when Ms Awinonu was on her way to complete the transaction at Ihiala by the men of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS).

Also on display are bodies of suspected kidnappers who were gunned down in a shootout with the police on their way from collecting ransom from the family of a kidnap victim at Oba in Idemili South Local Government Area of the state.

The 17 suspects were paraded at the headquarters of the Special Anti Robbery Squad in Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra state. Three of the suspected criminals were also on display with one of them being Charlie Parker, a notorious criminal suspect, who has been on the police wanted list for years.

Among those also paraded, was a woman who claimed to be a Deputy Superintendent of Police, involved in illegal auction business alongside car snatchers and rape suspects.

The Police Public Relations Officer warned criminals to either stop their nefarious activities or relocate from Anambra as the police would stop at nothing to apprehend them and deal with them accordingly.

Vandals Bust Another Pipeline In Lagos

Suspected pipeline vandals have breached a petroleum product pipeline belonging to the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) in Epe.
This was disclosed to Channels Television in a telephone interview with the Commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Shem Obasheye.

Vandalized pipeline

“My boys told me that they were going to Epe, and actually when they got to Epe, the pipeline at Epe has been busted. The vandals ran away,” he said.

Officials of the Civil Defence Corps according to Mr Obasheye recovered eleven 50 litres containing of PMS at the scene of the busted pipeline. He however said none of the vandals were apprehended.

No fewer than three suspected oil thieves were last Saturday killed after an NNPC pipeline was gutted by fire at Arepo, Ogun state south west Nigeria. The fire is suspected to have been caused by activities from vandals in the area.


The fire occured at the same spot where vandals operated last August and three NNPC engineers were killed by suspected vandals in the process of fixing the pipeline and putting out the fire.

How do we get another sister now – Cynthia’s brothers

The three brothers of the late Cynthia Osokogu on Friday eulogised the virtues of their murdered sister in a ceremonial burial at the family residence in Boji-Boji Owa, Ika North Local Government Area of Delta State.

Flight Lieutenant Kenneth Uchechukwu Osokogu, Cynthia’s eldest brother, described her as a good girl.

“She was the closest person to me. When we came on holidays during Christmas, New Year or burial ceremonies, she slept here in the second room,” he said pointing to a window at a corner.

“She didn’t tell me she was going to Lagos for business. But she was a good girl. She was smart and intelligent and she was in her business for long to know where to get goods. She just did what most normal girls do but fell into the wrong hands,” Kenneth said.

“She had monthly allocation from her father and me. She had her own business and did not need money. She was comfortable.

“I am the one that went to Lagos to identify her body. The police told me, according to confessions made by the suspects that she had been talking to them for four months. They told her they were in the same business, that they were retailers and would sell her goods at cheaper price. You know we have a relation in the United States who often sent her goods and these people told her they had the same goods and will sell at cheaper price. She believed them,” he said.

Cynthia’s immediate elder brother, an Assistant Superintendent of Customs, Williams Ehiedu Osokogu, described her sister as a loving and a caring lady.

Cynthia was the last born and only daughter of a family of four. Her parent’s second born, Tony Azubike Osokogu, lives in Greece.

“How do we get another sister now,” Williams Osokogu asked with tearful eyes.

Born on 10 November, 1987 in Agbor town, Cynthia started schooling at the Command Children School, Ilorin and moved to the Command Secondary School, Jos from 1997 to 2004.

She secured admission into the Nasarawa State University, Keffi between 2005 and 2009 and went for her National Youth Service Corps. She finished in 2010.

She was a graduate of English Language at the Nasarawa State University and was pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Administration while running a boutique – Dress Code in Keffi, the Nassarawa State capital at the same time.

24-year old Cynthia was murdered on 22 July in Lagos State by supposed friends she met via social media.

Use social media for development

The Delta state governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan condemned the use of social media to commit crime instead of using it as a means of development.
The governor, who was accompanied by his wife, Roli, said this when he visited the family of Frank Osokogu to condole them over the tragic death of their daughter, Cynthia.

He said the social media has been used to promote growth and development in the developed societies and lamented that some Nigerians were exploiting it negatively.

Senator Ifeanyi Okonwa and the Obi of Owa, Emmanuel Efezomor 11 and others attended the ceremonial burial.