-After five-month painstaking investigations, EOCO these people for selling babies
-One of the babies was sold for GHS30,000
-They are, however, on bail pending further investigations
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The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has arrested 11 persons for baby harvesting and human trafficking, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
They include nurses, doctors, mothers of babies, and social welfare staff.
The arrest followed painstaking investigations carried out into the nefarious activities between June to November 2020.
A joint statement issued by EOCO and the Medical and Dental Council on Wednesday, January 20, 2021, and sighted by YEN.com.gh said two medical doctors, two social workers, four nurses, two mothers, and one traditional birth attendant were arrested following the investigations.
They are, however, on bail pending further investigations.
One of the doctors, Dr. Hope Mensah Quashie of the 37 Military Hospital, was arrested on Thursday, December 31, 2020, after selling a baby to undercover investigators at his private clinic located at Laterbiokoshie for GHS30,000.
EOCO has in its possession two baby boys who were bought as a result of the operation.
Quashie was arrested with three nurses who worked at his facility. They are Sylvia Awuseh, John Adorey Effie, and Angela Ametepe.
“They have been identified as his accomplices together with one Dede Gifty Anikpi, a traditional birth attendant at Bethlehem Home at Santoe, a suburb of Kpone Katamanso who referred the mother of the first baby to Susan Clinic,” the statement said.
In other news, an on-duty police officer was killed in the early hours of Tuesday, January 19, 2021, when armed men attacked a bullion van he was guarding.
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The van was transporting an undisclosed amount of money from Dunkwa-on-Offin in the Central Region to New Edubiase in the Ashanti Region.
The armed men reportedly laid siege at Nyankomaso, a community on the Obuasi-Dunkwa-on-Offin stretch, firing arbitrarily into the van.
The deceased officer named as Martin Baba reportedly sustained disturbing multiple gunshot wounds leading to his death at the scene.
The robbers made away with GH¢500,000.
“They shot the policeman and took away the cash they were carrying; the driver and one other security personnel did not sustain any gunshot wounds but they were taken to the AGA Hospital for treatment,” District Police Commander for Obuasi Supt Fii Ochil stated.
“But the policeman was hit by the bullet and he died instantly; he is currently at the morgue,” he added.
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