It was learnt that Ibekwes had contacted a lady identified as Chinelo, who is still on the run, on December 17, 2015, for the transaction. Chinelo, who stayed in Ihiala, Anambra State, reportedly paid the Ibekwes N400,000 ─ N250,000 to the father and N150,000 to the mother of the baby.
The man, however, had a quarrel with his wife after returning from his trip to Anambra. When he refused to give the wife her share, she reported the matter to the police and fled the house after making the report.
Okwuchukwu was, however, arrested and detained at the Police Gender Unit, Ikeja, while police operatives also arrested Chinelo’s husband in Anambra State. The baby and Chinelo had yet to be found. While being paraded on Wednesday, Okwuchukwu said he collected N400,000 from Chinelo in exchange for his son with the full knowledge of his wife.
He said, “Chinelo was to give me N400,000 for the baby. My wife was the one who suggested that we dispose of the baby to meet our business needs. But Chinelo gave me N250,000 for the baby when I went to deliver him to her in Anambra State. When I returned, my wife and I quarreled and she ran away for three days. I did not know that she went to report the matter to the police. She was concerned with her own share of N150,000.
“I sell vehicle spare parts in Ladipo market. It was a lawyer who called me that my wife had reported me to the police, and that I should come and see her. When I went there, I was arrested. I do not know the whereabouts of my son. I did not know Chinelo would run away with my child.”
Police were reportedly intensifying efforts to recover the baby.