The Anambra state police command has confirmed the arrest of a 24-year-old lady who was on her way to bury an aborted baby.
The lady identified as Chidera Nwaoga, was arrested around 9pm at Ofianta village in Nsugbe on June 20. Anambra Police Spokesperson, Haruna Mohammed said the chemist who performed the abortion on her was also arrested.
The statement read; “It would be recalled that on the 20/6/20 at about 9:pm, following a tip off, Police operatives attached 33 Division in collaboration with Nsugbe Vigilante group arrested one Chidera Nwaoga ‘f’ aged 24 years of Ofianta village Nsugbe but a native of Izzi LGA of Ebonyi State.
“Suspect was arrested with a premature baby girl concealed inside a rubber bucket on her way to bury the child inside the bush before she was apprehended.
“Preliminary investigation revealed that the woman who was heavily pregnant approached a quack and untrained chemist, one Odimegwu Ikunne ‘m’ aged 51 years of Nando village but resides at Akpalagu village, Nsugbe who allegedly administered injection on her and aborted the pregnancy.” A search executed at the premises of the quack chemist led to the recovery of expired drugs/syringes. The statement added; “Chidera, who was weak and lost much blood when arrested has now fully recovered due to urgent medical attention she received at multicare hospital 33 since 20th June,2020.”Consequently, the decomposing baby was buried based on experts advise in order not to constitute health hazard to the public.
The Commissioner of Police *CP John B.Abang,fdc* has ordered that the case be transferred to the State CID Awka for discreet investigation please.”