Couple caught for allegedly buying stolen baby for N900,000

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The Kano State Hisbah Board has arrested a 40-year-old woman, Salomi Jerome, and her husband, Igina Salomi, 50, for allegedly trafficking a stolen baby from Delta to Kano.

The Commander-General of the board, Dr Harun Ibn-sina, who revealed this in a statement issued by the spokesperson, Malam Lawan Ibrahim, on Tuesday, May 18, said the suspects were arrested by Hisbah officials attached to motor parks, who suspected a foul play.

He said the woman, who is a resident of in Ungogo Local Govt Area of the state, had pretended to be breastfeeding the baby when she was accosted by Hisbah officials.

According to the Hisbah boss, the woman initially claimed to have given birth to the baby but later confessed to having bought the baby from a nurse at a hospital in Delta at the sum of N900,000.

He explained:

“On May 15, 2021, our men attached to a motor park arrested a woman, Salomi Jerome, 40, who was with a newborn boy. She was accompanied by a man, Salomi Igina, 50, whom she claimed was her husband, which we found out to be untrue,” he stated.

“Investigation revealed that the baby was not her baby. The baby was bought from a nurse working with a hospital in Asaba, Delta State. Further investigation also revealed that the baby was not well and even later confirmed dead.

“We further discovered that the alleged husband contributed N150 ,000 while she contributed N 350 ,000 as they raised N900 , 000 to buy the baby. We have handed over the matter to the police for further investigation into the matter,” he added.

The Commander-General disclosed that the suspects had been handed over to the Kano State police headquarters, Bompai, for further investigation.

Meanwhile, he urged the general public to report any suspected character or suspicious movement to relevant authorities while emphasizing on the agency’s commitment in eradicating all forms of vices in the society.