UYO – The Akwa Ibom State Po­lice Command has arrested a female pastor, Mrs Mmay­en Odiuotip, and five others over alleged stealing and sale of a baby in 2018.

The 39-year-old pastor, who reportedly confessed to the crime, was quoted as claim­ing that she bought the baby for her childless sister, one Es­ther Esin.

The Police Public Relations Officer, CSP N-Nudam Fred­rick, in a statement on Satur­day in Uyo, said the suspects were arrested after an intelli­gence report.

“Consequently, the oper­atives swung into action and apprehended her, while the baby was rescued,” the state­ment read.

The police urged members of the public to give useful in­formation that would help in the arrest of other child traf­fickers and thieves in the state.

“The suspects were arrest­ed following a credible intelli­gence that sometime in June, 2020, the kingpin of the syndi­cate, one Rose Bassey Asuquo Ekpenyong (f), conspired with the aforementioned suspects and sold a stolen baby girl in 2018 to one Pastor (Mrs.) Mmayen Etim Otu, who is the Founder of Land of Testimo­ny Ministry, Oron.

“The said pastor, who was swiftly arrested, confessed to the offence and opened a can of worms that the baby was bought for her sister, one Es­ther Effanga Esin ‘f’.


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