…As Reps C’ttee set to fix date to investigate three NGOs, over alleged fraud***
The Police Command in Rivers says it has arrested a man, Izuchukwu Success, and five other suspects, for allegedly conspiring to sell his one-day-old baby boy to waiting buyers for N900,000.
The command’s spokesman, SP Nnamdi Omoni, told the newsmen in Port Harcourt on Wednesday that the other five suspects were all women.
“The sale of the one-day-old baby was aborted by operatives of the Special Anti Robbery Squad (SARS) in a covert operation at the early hours of Tuesday.
“The operatives cracked the child trafficking syndicate at Igwuruta, Ikwerre Local Government Area of Rivers.
“Personnel arrested one Florance Jonah, 56, who is alleged to have conspired with the father of the child, Mr Izuchukwu Success, to sell him to waiting buyers at N900,000,” he said.
The police spokesman said that the father of the infant was arrested and he took the policemen to a centre where the child was kept.
“The father led the police to Better Life Clinic in Eneka, Rivers, where the child was eventually recovered and handed over to his real mother, Mrs Rejoice Izuchukwu.
“Both mother and child are in stable health condition, he said.
Omoni said that the suspects are helping police investigators with details of the crime, adding that they would be charged to court as soon as investigation was concluded,
In another development, the House of Representatives Committee on Civil Society and Donor Agencies has resolved to begin an investigation into alleged fraud by three non-governmental organisations.
The Chairman of the Committee, Reps. Kabir Idris (APC-Kano) made this known at a committee meeting on Wednesday in Abuja.
He said that a continent date for all parties involved would be fixed to ensure a transparent, free and fair investigative hearing on the matter.
The Transparent Extractive Sector Operators Initiative (TESOI) is a civil society organisation, in a petition, alleged that the three organisations diverted donor funds for private use.
Rep. Ajibola Muriana (APC-Oyo) said that it was important for all parties to be present, to be placed on oath and make their presentations before the committee.
He suggested that a convenient date be fixed to ensure the participation of all the parties to guarantee fair hearing.
“That is how I think we should go and because this is our first meeting, subject to the will of the chairman, let us find out a convenient time for the other party and reschedule,” he said.
Thereafter, the chairman ruled that a date will be fixed and all parties will convene for the hearing.