Radio gets results: Baby trafficked by grandma found

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Rita Amaglo, mother of the trafficked child

Police in Accra have rescued the six-week-old baby who was stolen by her own grandmother and sold her in order to raise money to rent a room.

“They were done with all her documents and were set to fly her to the United States when the Police arrived in her house with my in-law…,” Patrick Amankwah, father of the baby recounted on Angel 102.9 FM, Monday, June 8, 2020.

Mother of the baby, Rita Amaglo, 29, who has five other children, had narrated in an earlier interview on the station’s morning show, ‘Anɔpa Bɔfoɔ‘ that, her mother decided to traffic the baby because she believed she (Rita) and her husband did not have enough money to take care of the baby.

And true to her words, she succeeded in stealing the baby at a time when both parents were not home.

“She roamed the streets of Odorkor in Accra looking for a buyer for the baby; after several rejections from people, a woman sent a nurse to buy the baby for her and gave her GHC 8,000 as compensation…,” Mr Amankwah narrated.

After airing the story, the Police in Anyaa in Accra decided to up their investigations leading to the arrest of the nurse who bought the baby from the woman.

“The nurse then led us [Police] to the house of the woman she had given the baby to at Dansoman and lo and behold when we got there, the baby was wrapped, with every paper [travelling document] made for them to fly her to USA…,” a Police source who spoke on condition of anonymity, told this reporter.

The Police, then whisked the nurse and the woman away and brought them to the Police station for their statements to be taken.

And after the parents had identified the child at the station, she was handed over to them.

The woman who sat dejected at the Anyaa Police station when the reporter visited the location, told the Police that she was sending the baby for a childless friend in the USA.

But her dream of helping a childless couple now remains shuttered because, the Accra Region Police Command has now taken over the case.

“We are grateful to listeners and the entire Angel FM team for contributing to this story…in fact, your intervention helped us to discover the whereabouts of our baby and she is now safe in our custody…,” Mr Amankwah said smiling, when he appeared on Anɔpa Bɔfoɔ.

Host of the show, Captain Smart later announced that the baby, who had been named Queen by her traffickers, should be called Angel due to how the station which had been operating for less than a week, helped in tracing the whereabouts of the baby.

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