A current Permanent Secretary in Bayelsa State, Dr. Wisdom Sawyer, was arrested Thursday by police for allegedly attempting to purchase a newborn baby for N200,000. Dr. Sawyer is also a medical practitioner and proprietor of Survival Hospital in Igbogene, Yenagoa Local Government Area (LGA).
The arrest follows a complaint by the newborn’s mother, Nnenna Lawrence, 24 years old, who had reportedly gone to the hospital eight months into her pregnancy requesting an abortion.
Dr. Sawyer reportedly declined to perform the abortion due to the risks involved. However, he had allegedly offered to buy the unborn child for N200,000 if she was a female or N250,000 if he was a male.
Sources from the Bayelsa State Police command speaking with SaharaReporters said that the doctor gave the mother N27,000 as a commitment if she agreed.
However, when Ms. Lawrence delivered a boy she reportedly changed her mind and reneged to sell the baby as agreed to Dr. Sawyer. She is then said to have fled to the Igbogene Division of the Police after the hospital refused to release the newborn baby to her.
Asinim Butswat, the spokesman for the Bayelsa Police command, confirmed the development to our correspondent and said an investigation is now underway.
"On Thursday, at about 1000hrs, one Nnenna Lawrence of Igbogene community, reported to the police that she delivered a baby on the February 3, 2016 at Survival Hospital in Igbogene, Yenagoa. She stated that prior to the delivery, she had arranged with a doctor and a nurse to sell the baby to one woman, now at large, at the sum of two-hundred thousand naira,” his statement read.
Mr. Butswat also said that the Doctor and the Nurse are undergoing interrogation at Igbogene Police Station.