By CHRISTOPHER OJI and CHIOMA IGBOKWE
The Special Fraud Unit (SFU) of the Nigeria Police has arrested a Nigerian couple, based in United States, for allegedly trying to traffic five-month-old twins to the US. The couple are being interrogated at SFU, Milverton Ikoyi Lagos. The Commissioner of Police (CP) in charge of the unit, Tunde Ogunsakin who paraded the suspects yesterday in his office said trouble started for the couple, Adenuga and Elizabeth Soyibo when they went to procure American visa claiming that the twins were their children.
Ogunsakin, who was represented by SFU Public Relations Officer, Ngozi Isintume said on April 15, the American consulate said the suspects visa application was differed on the suspicion that the twins they claimed to be theirs appeared to have been stolen. Isintume said the consulate thereafter ordered a DNA test to ascertain the biological parents of the twins. She said during investigation, detectives travelled to Port Harcourt where the female suspect claimed the twins were delivered in a private clinic.
The PRO said on getting to Port Harcourt, the woman said she could no longer locate the clinic. According to SFU PRO, the woman said she paid N1.8 million to the owner of the clinic. She said when the DNA result was out, it was discovered that the babies did not belong to the couple as both lacked the genetic marks that must be contributed to the child by the biological parents. However, she revealed that the force had declared a manhunt for the alleged owner of the maternity home. Adenuga Soyibo, the man who claimed to be the father of the twins said he was convinced that the twins were his.
“They are mine. I paid N1.8 million to Helen Okoro, the owner of the clinic and she gave my wife some local herbs (Agbo), which eventually produced the babies. “I am a US citizen. So, I know the implication of stealing babies. I am only confused about what the embassy is accusing me off. My confusion is that they said the children lacked the genetic marks that must be contributed to the child by the biological parents.
If they had said their genes corresponded with that of my wife and not mine, I would have said perhaps my wife cheated on me. But that the genes did not tally with the two of us, I think there is something more to it than meet the eyes.” His wife Elizabeth said: “I was given Agbo, and I was pregnant, I eventually delivered the twins. I am sure that they are my babies because my eyes were open when I delivered them so, the question whether the twins were swapped does not arise.” She said she had been married for over 15 years without children; hence they went for the treatment at Port Harcourt. She said there were over 50 persons having similar problems of childlessness who visited the woman from Lagos. However, the PRO said the suspects would soon be charged to court.