A middle-aged palm tree harvester,
George Maduabuchi, from
Owerrinta in the Isiala-Ngwa South
Local Government Area of Abia State
is in the police net for allegedly
selling his 14-month-old son for
The father of four was said to have
connived with another suspect,
Obinna Erondu, now at large, to
perpetrate the act.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr.
Joshak Habila, who paraded the
suspect along with other suspected
criminals on Thursday, said, “Luck
ran out on Maduabuchi when the
wife alerted the police on his
questionable role when the baby
fell ill and he took him out and did
not return with him.”
But the suspect told our
correspondent that he did not sell
his son, but only took him to a
herbalist when he took ill.
He said, “The herbalist gave me
money and told me that he could
not heal the baby. I therefore left
the baby in the herbalist’s home.”
But his explanation was countered
by his wife, Eberechi, who said he
took their son, who had a cough to
the said herbalist, but instead of
returning with the baby, rather
came back with bundles of money.
She said, “When I demanded
explanations on the whereabouts
of our son, he could not offer any
The wife, who is also pregnant, said
she raised the alarm, which
attracted neighbours who helped
to arrest the husband.
The neighbours subsequently
alerted the police, who picked up
the husband who later led the
police to the herbalist’s house at
Owerrinta where the boy was
Paraded also by the police was one
Chizaram Amandu, 40, who
allegedly murdered his kinsman
over an argument over snails in the
The suspect, according to police,
went to hunt for snail at Ahiaba
Okpuala Isiala Ngwa with the
victim, Sampson Sunday.
The police added that quarrel
ensued over sharing formula and
the suspect allegedly stabbed
Sunday to death with dagger.
But the suspect said it was an
accident as the victim came out to
confront him while hunting for
snail behind his ( victim’s) house in
the night .
According to him, he never knew
the victim could die as a result of
injuries he sustained.
The police also paraded one Gideon
Ezenwoko, a suspected kidnap
kingpin, who had been allegedly
terrorising residents of the
Obingwa council area, adding that
he had been on the wanted list of
The CP said, “The suspect escaped
from prison, where most members
of his gang had been jailed.
“He will be arraigned as soon as
investigations are over.”