Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Woman with 7 miracle babies charged for child trafficking

Imo State Police Command, yesterday, arraigned the seven miracle births alleged mother, Mrs. Precious Ogbonna, at an Owerri Chief Magistrate Court and charged her with child trafficking.

The charges against the suspects read: “That you Precious Ogbonna, Adangozi Onuigwe and others now at large, between the 6th day of May 2010 and 2nd day of April 2011, at Umuelele, Irete, Owerri, in Owerri Magisterial District, did conspire with one another to commit felony to wit: trafficking in persons and thereby committed an offence punishable under Section 516 of the Criminal Code Cap C38 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria 2004, as applicable in Imo State.”

The two female suspects were equally accused of intending to deprive the parents, guardians or other persons, who had the lawful care or charge of the seven children.

The two women were accused of taking possession of the said children forcibly or fraudulently take or entice away or receive or harbour the children, thereby committing an offence punishable under Section 19(1)(c) of the Trafficking in Persons (Prohibition) Law Enforcement and Administration Act, 2003, as applicable in Imo State.

The women entered a plea of  not guilty after the charges were read to them and the Chief Magistrate ordered that they be remanded in Federal Prisons, Owerri.

Before the case was adjourned to August 17, 2011 the Chief Magistrate equally ordered that the case file and its notices be forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecution through the Chief Registrar.

Vanguard recalls that Imo State Police Command had earlier mustered “a team of sound medical doctors from the Federal Medical Centre, Owerri, to probe Mrs. Ogbonna’s alleged medical feat” and several tests had been conducted on the woman, her husband and the seven children.”

An impeccable source in the Command told Vanguard that from the tests so far conducted, there was no proof of a recent pregnancy, adding that the woman was not also pregnant at present.

“Tests have shown that she has a large fibroid in her womb. Her virginal hymen is still copious. It is not possible that she given birth to that number of children with the hymen remaining the way it is,” the police officer said.

The officer disclosed that the blood group, Rhesus Factor and genotype of Mrs. Ogbonna and her husband were “O”, D+ and AA respectively.

“These were not found in four of the children. Medical evidence does not support her claims. Police was not shown were she delivered the babies and there is no proof that she has ever breast fed any baby before,” the police officer concluded.

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