Three women have been arrested by Enugu State Police Command operatives for alleged conspiracies, the trafficking of newborn twins, and the mom murder.

The suspects, Ukorie Cynthia, Onyia Pauline, and Aroh Ijeoma, were charged and detained in the Enugu Correctional Custodial Center after being arraigned in court. The accused arranged to sell the newborn twins for N3m and gave the mother, Chinenye Odoh, the sum of N1.8m, according to the command’s spokesperson, DSP Daniel Ndukwe, who made this disclosure in a statement on Friday, August 26.

The PPRO claims that Odoh requested the remaining sum after learning that her babies had actually been sold for N3m rather than the N2,350,000.00 she was told. Ukorie Cynthia, the main suspect, is accused of giving Odoh suspected poisoned corn, which ultimately caused her death.

The statement reads;

“Ukorie Cynthia, age 25, Onyia Pauline, age 56, and Aroh Ijeoma, age 39, all residents of Enugu, have been charged with conspiracy, child trafficking, and murder, according to a statement from the state criminal intelligence and investigation department of the Enugu State Police Command.

“The suspects, who were arrested on 26/07/2022, by Police Operatives serving in Central Police Station (CPS) Enugu, were remanded in Enugu Correctional Custodial Centre, pending further hearing of the case Their arrest was sequel to the receipt of a report alleging that they conspired and sold the newborn twins of one Chinenye Odoh aged 31, and thereafter caused her death by poisoning her food, when she realized that the suspects gave her an amount lesser than the total sum they sold the babies

“Investigations revealed that Ukorie Cynthia accommodated the deceased in her house till she put to birth on 05/07/2022, while Aroh Ijeoma facilitated the sale of the babies by contacting Onyia Pauline, a Nurse, who brought a couple that bought the babies upon their birth at the sum of three million naira (N3,000,000.00)”

“That contrary to this sum, Ijeoma informed the deceased and mother of the babies, Chinenye, that the children were sold for two million, three hundred and fifty thousand naira (N2,350,000.00) and thereafter, gave her the sum of one million, eight hundred thousand naira (N1,800,000.00); gave Cynthia and Pauline fifty thousand naira (N50,000.00) each; and kept the remaining proceed to herself.

“However, when the deceased eventually knew the exact amount they sold the babies, she demanded for the balance, but was thereafter said to have eaten a suspected poisoned corn given to her by Cynthia, leading to her death,”

Meanwhile, the case has been adjourned to 05/10/2022 for further hearing, the PPRO added.