Upon being notified by a taxi driver who overheard a disturbing conversation between his passengers, The Economic and Organized Crimes Office(EOCO) worked close together with the Medical and Dental Council(MDC) of Ghana to arrest 8 health professionals who have allegedly been involved in kidnapping and trafficking babies.
COP Frank Adu Poku(Rtd), who is the Executive Director of Economic and organized Crimes Office(EOCO) granted the media an interview. He stated that they (EOCO) had been tracking the activities of some health personnel such as nurses and medical practitioners who were suspected to be involved in a criminal syndicate for human trafficking and baby selling for as much as GHC28,000 and GHC30,000.
“Some Doctors and Nurses who are charged with saving our lives especially during this COVID-19 period when all resources should be geared towards fighting the deadly disease these Doctors are rather selling children. They are selling newborn babies and their modus operandi is that they tell mothers their newborn babies are dead. So we got wind of this and put together a team of investigators who acted like they want to buy babies. For one the Doctor sold the newborn baby for GHC 30,000 and at Tema General hospital some Social Welfare workers, Doctors and Nurses in a joint operation also sold one baby to us for GHC 28,000. For now, we have arrested two doctors, four nurses and two social welfare workers,” COP Frank Adu Poku(Rtd) said in the interview.
It is alleged that these criminals embarked on their operations between June and November 2020. As at now, two medical doctors, two social workers, four nurses, two mothers and one traditional birth attendant are in police custody and others have been granted bail, awaiting further court action.