Women arrested for attempting to sell baby to Nigerian

Suspect Shirley Nyarko

Suspect Shirley Nyarko

A  woman employed to make deliveries and run other errands at the Ga South Municipal Hospital has been arrested for allegedly attempting to sell a four-month-old baby boy for GH¢2,000 to a Nigerian woman.

The suspect, Shirley Nyarko, and her accomplice Joyce Johnson, the Nigerian, are in the custody of the police assisting in investigations.

The Public Relations Officer of the Accra Regional Police Command, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Effia Tenge, disclosed these to Ghanaian Times in Accra, yesterday.

She said at about 10am the complainant (name withheld), a 16-year-old mother delivered a baby boy at the Ga South Municipal Hospital on July 20.

DSP Tenge said Shirley advised the complainant to sell the baby, and arranged for the sale of the baby on July 23, for GH¢2,000 to Joyce Johnson.

DSP Tenge said police had information about the incident and some personnel went to the hospital where the transaction was scheduled to take place.

She said Shirley collected the baby from the complainant and gave it to Joyce Johnson, who was in a waiting taxi within the premises.

DSP Tenge said Joyce paid GH¢2,000 to Shirley when the baby was handed over to her, but they were arrested.

The Police PRO said the baby was taken from Joyce and handed over to her mother and money retrieved, adding that the suspects would soon be arraigned for conspiracy to commit crime to with child stealing.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

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