A Nigerian man Ifeanyi Okoro has been arrested and charged with human trafficking in the Philippines after buying a 9-month old baby.
Okoro and three female accomplices purchased the baby from her mother, who sold the child to pay off debts.
The mother had a change of heart after selling her daughter, informing the police who launched a manhunt to find the culprits.
Police in the Philippines swiftly found and arrested the Nigerian and his three Filipino accomplices – Imelda Malibiran, Kristine Joyce Esdrelon and Rosemarie Gutierrez – for buying a baby.
The Nigerian reportedly bought the baby for P45,000 (Philippine Peso), or N500,000.
According to the Filipino Times, the baby’s mother offered to sell the baby after incurring significant debts gambling on cockfighting.
Okoro and accomplices approached her and bought the 9-month-old for the agreed price.
The mother changed her mind after the transaction and lodged a complaint with the country’s National Bureau of Investigations (NBI).
Police managed to apprehend the suspects and rescue the baby girl Tuesday, March 22nd, in Calamba City, Laguna.
Police charged Ifeanyi Okoro and accomplices with kidnapping, child abuse, exploitation/discrimination for other purposes; and trafficking.
In related news, Police in Quezon City, Philippines shot and killed Nigerian man Ejiofor Smart during a drug sting.
Police tracked down and raided a West African drug ring that Smart was part of on the night of Sunday, February 27th 2021.
Police confiscated about two kilos worth of drugs, valued at around 13.6million Philippine Pesos (115m Naira).
According to philstar.com, police officers of the Drug Enforcement Group went undercover and posed as buyers for the drug deal.
Smart realised it was a sting operation and drew his weapon to shoot officers.
He died in the ensuing gun battle.