The police on Tuesday expressed their readiness to allow the conduct of a paternity in a case of children trafficking pending before a Magistrate Court in Owerri, Imo State.
At the resumed hearing into the matter, counsel for police, Chuks Eboh, told Chief Magistrate Adika Ibe, that the police want to conduct a DNA test to determine the paternity of the two infants who were allegedly bought by one Chinyere Ohanyere popularly known as Madam Chichi.
The police counsel also disclosed that the police were also carrying out further investigation into the matter.
The children were allegedly bought few months ago for more than N1.5million.
During the resumed hearing, it was disclosed that the African Women Lawyers Association, Imo State chapter made an application to be joined in the matter.
The Presiding Magistrate, Adika Ibe in her ruling, adjourned till December 22, to enable the Ministry of Justice to state if the trial would continue in her court or at the state High Court.
Similarly, Justice Innocent Njaka, of the state High Court on Tuesday declined to grant bail to a nurse, Ngozi Ebuzoaju.
Counsels for the state, J. U. Iwuagwu and her counterpart from African Women Lawyers Association, S. L Okafor, opposed the bail application made by L. O Ukadike, counsel for the defendant on the ground that it was “a serious case of children trafficking”.
While Iwuagwu told the court that she was yet to be served the motion for a bail application filed by the defendant’s counsel to enable her file her counter affidavit, Okafor, vehemently opposed the motion on bail.
Okafor alerted the court that it was a serious crime against humanity, adding that the international community was watching.
The jurist in his ruling adjourned till December 21, for hearing on the motion on bail.
The police had arraigned Ohanyere and Ebuzoaaju, separately, for allegedly buying two infants from two different women.
Police explained that there was a medical proof that the infants were not from the same womb contrary to the claim by Ohanyere, 55, that she gave birth to the children at the same time.