— It was my friend who introduced to child trafficking
Onwuasoanya was impregnated by her boyfriend in Lagos and returned to Anambra State in October, 2013, to have the baby but was too ashamed to go back home to her parents.
After giving birth to a baby girl, a friend introduced her to 45-year-old Goodness, who runs an orphanage, which the police alleged was a cover for a baby-trafficking operation.
Onwuasoanya handed over the baby girl in exchange for the sum of N150,000. The money she made opened her eyes to the possibility of earning more from the same source.
Without batting an eyelid, she moved into child-trafficking. Recounting her journey into child-trafficking, Onwuasoanya told Sunday Sun:
“I got into child trafficking two years ago.
I have sold 20 children to Madam Goodness who operates the orphanage. She paid me between N150,000 and N200,000 for each baby I sold to her. I was kidnapping children coming back from school or getting them in the streets.
But I was arrested on May 1, 2017, when I stole a set of twins at an estate in Onitsha.” Onwuasoanya hails from Ebenebe, Awka North LGA of Anambra State.
She also confessed to being a member of the gang of robbers who killed two policemen, Inspector Shuaibu Usman and Sergeant Julius Matthew, of Police Mobile Force 29 in February, 2017 at Nkpor fly-over, Onitsha and took their AK-47 rifles, which were later used to commit robberies.
She also assisted the SARS operatives to arrest three members of the gang; Ifeanyi Onwukwe a.k.a Nger, 22; Chidubem Osita a.k.a Kabaka, 23, and Chijioke Obi a.k.a Abababa, 23, while the other six members escaped.
She disclosed that she was always given her own share of the money made during robbery operations, saying that she got between N50,000 and N80,000. “I have regretted what I did. My parents are alive. It was my friend who introduced to child trafficking and which led me to armed robbery today,” Onwuasoanya added.