24 Dec

By Assam Abia.

Mr. Iniobong Albert Udofia of 16 Eniong Street, Uyo as of December 6, 2013 never dreamt that his beloved wife, Mrs. Helen Iniobong, an expectant mother who latter delivered of a baby, will disappear from a maternity hospital located along Idoro Road, Uyo, for two weeks running without trace.

Abubakar, Police I.G

Abubakar, Police I.G

The young expectant mother, nine months heavy with a child was on Friday, December 6, 2013 arrested by heavy pangs of child birth. She was rushed to Dan Abia specialist maternity & surgery hospitals, Itam in Uyo to be delivered of her baby but two weeks after that fateful day, Mrs Iniobong and her baby cannot be found. Speaking to our correspondent in Uyo over the weekend, Iniobong wearing a miasma of depression, pain and anger, said “the hospital authority have not been able to tell me where my wife and baby is after I paid a deposit of One Hundred and Twenty Thousand Naira (N120,000), I suspect that my child and mother has been sold for ritual purpose”.

Mr. Albert, a native of Obio Ndot in Oruk Anam Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State has petitioned the Commissioner of Police and the Zonal Commandant of National Agency on the Prohibition and Trade in Persons (NAPTIP) through his Legal Adviser, Enefiok Efi of Fidelity Chambers, Uyo, calling on the Law Enforcement Agencies to investigate the whereabouts of his wife and baby. He revealed further that when his wife, a native of Abak, was in labour pains; he was introduced to the wife of Dr. Dan Abia who is also a nurse at the Maternity & Surgery Hospital by one Mrs. Emem Atangabanga,(Nne) Emem Otu.

“Emem asked me if I could sell my baby if delivered and I bluntly refused. The doctor’s wife told me that my wife’s health is in danger and that my wife will need some pints of blood to undergo caesarian surgery for the child to be delivered” Mr. Albert said. “She said I should hurry and give her money to buy blood, if not, the baby will die in the womb. She demanded for One Hundred and fifty thousand naira (150,000) but I could only afford one hundred and twenty thousand naira (N120,000) only, having sold a landed property in the village, he said.

“I paid them N150,000 as deposit on Friday, December 6, 2013 and when I went back on Monday to collect my child and mother, behold I could not find them. Its more than two weeks now but no trace of my wife and baby”, I am calling on the wife of the Governor of Akwa Ibom state, Mrs. Ekaette Unoma Akpabio, the Commissioner of Police, the State Security Service (SSS), NAPTIP and the general public to come to his aid. “Please help, my wife and child are gone missing in a private hospital in Uyo, and I suspect that they have been sold for ritual purposes”

. Mr. Iniobong cried out. He called on the police to arrest management of the hospital for questioning. When contacted, the Police Public Relation Officer for Akwa Ibom State, Mr. Etim Dickson said that he is not aware of the incident and that if a petition has been written to the commissioner of police, it must have been forwarded to the Criminal Investigation Department (CID). It would be recalled that rampant child theft and kidnapping has taken a prime position in criminal activities in Akwa Ibom State of recent.

-Insight Weekly


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