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...SAD... Abuja driver tricks teenage mother into marriage, sells baby for N500,000

Abuja-Driver tricks teenage mother to marriage sells baby for N500, 000

When Peace Asugwo a teenage
mother willingly accepted to
marry an Abuja based driver out
desperation and frustration, she
never had inkling of what would
behalf her and her one month
old baby in less than one week
after their marriage.
Peace, an orphan who hails from
Agwa Village in Oguta Local
Government Area of Imo State
was impregnated by her
boyfriend, one Johnson, thus
regarded by her grandmother as
a disgrace to the family. Luckily
for her, Mr. Kingsley Linus, a
driver based in Abuja was eager
to marry her regardless of the
fact that even though at 16
years, she already had a month-
old baby boy.

After he met with her family and
the necessary marital rites were
performed, Peace, the young
bride, happily followed her new
husband to Abuja to start a new

According to the 16-year old,
who was later rescued from the
hands of her kidnapper
husband, it was a twist of stories
when they got Abuja and he
lodged her in a hotel in Kubwa,
claiming that he had lost the
keys to his house and would
have to get someone to break
the door in the morning.
“Few days later, he introduced a
nurse, one Mrs.Martina
Onwelikwe, to me as his elder
sister who would take care ofthe infant. Eager to please my in-
law, I promptly handed over the
baby to her but shortly after
that, the supposed nurse and
Linus disappeared.”
In her confused state and
nowhere to turn to for succor in
a strange land, Peace found her
way to the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and
later to the National Agency for
the Prohibition of Trafficking in
Persons (NAPTIP).

The agencies set their tracking
device in motion and were able
to recover the baby alongside
four other teenagers from the
run-away. It was furthered
discovered that Linus leads a
syndicate, which specialized in
luring teenage mothers with the
promise of marriage to
dispossess them of their babies.

The Assistant Director, Press and
Public Relations of NAPTIP, Mr.
Arinze Orakwue, maintained that
the case is presently undergoing
serious investigations.
He added that some couples
who bought babies from the
syndicate were also in custody of
the agency, but they were
shielded from the press as they
had agreed to be principal
witnesses against members of the
Orakwue urged parents to
provide a support system for
their children when they
mistakenly get pregnant so that
they would not fall into the
hands of criminals.
According to him, the agency
with officials of the Ministry of
Women Affairs have begun to
consider a review of adoption
laws in the country to plug the
loopholes being exploited by
Aside, Peace, other victims of
Linus were one Miss Rebecca
Auta who was found in his
house, Miss Oluchi Adache, Miss
Ngozi Nwali and Miss Ijeoma
Linus. All of them, except for
Auta, were unwedded teenage
mothers who Linus had ‘married’
and were dispossessed of their
One of the baby buyers, Mr. and
Mrs. Godwin Dike and Mr. and
Mrs. Thomas Anyanwu, claimed
they had bought babies from the
syndicate at prices ranging from
N400, 000 to N500, 000.
However, Linus refuted all
allegations against him while his
partner in crime, Onwelikwe,
mother of five, admitted selling
the babies, but insisted that she
sold them on humanitarian
grounds to provide money for
the girls for their upkeep.


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