EOCO nabs 3 more ‘baby harvesters’
Three more persons have been arrested in connection with the baby harvesting syndicate in a joint operation by the Dental and Medical Council (MDC) in partnership with the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).
This brings to 14, the number of suspects arrested by the two state agencies so far.
The suspects, all women are Florence Acquah, a homehelp aide in the USA, Eleanor Ofori Nsia, a friend of Florence and Nancy Obayaa Frempong, who is alleged to have convinced one Leonard Agbley and Doris Badu to illegally purchase a baby from a health facility, (name withheld).
The Executive Director of EOCO, Commissioner of Police, Commissioner of Police (COP), Frank Adu-Poku (rtd), said this at a press conference in Accra yesterday, stating that the three babies had so far been rescued and efforts were underway to re-unite them with their parents.
The Executive Director said in February 2020, his outfit received information that Florence and Eleanor had allegedly gone to purchase a baby from Susan Clinic located at Lartebiokorshie in the Ablekuma Central Municipality in Accra.
He said they were arrested at their residence at Manet in Ogbojo while attempting to abscond with the baby to Agona Swedru in the Central Region.
‘In 2019, Florence was introduced to Dr Hope Quashie Mensah (Susan Clinic, Lartebiokorshie) to help her adopt a baby. In February 2020, Florence was contacted by Dr Hope Mensah that he had a baby available for adoption,” he said
COP Adu-Poku (retd), said Florence called Eleanor Ofori Nsiah who was in Ghana to pick up the baby and made a part payment of $2,500.00 to Dr Mensah.
According to him, Eleanor together with her nanny, Aku Elevu, (on the run) collected the baby and handed over the said amount to Dr Mensah.
The Executive Director said Florence was arrested on February 4th, 2021 while in Ghana to formalise the adoption process of the baby. She is currently on EOCO enquiry bail assisting with investigations.
COP Adu-Poku (rtd), Nancy in under investigation on the suspicion that she is not the biological mother of a two- year- old child in her possession.
“We have asked for a court order to conduct a Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) test to confirm whether Nancy is the biological mother of that child,”
According to him, four petitions have been received as a result of ongoing investigations into the matter.
He said the docket on two medical doctors and their accomplices who were earlier arrested in connection with the baby stealing syndicate, was ready for submission to the Attorney General Department for advice and prosecution.
He said officers in charge of the case had received threats from unidentified persons to discontinue with the investigation or face the consequences,
“The MDC and EOCO unperturbed about the threats of death on the lives of the council members and the investigative team. We will continue to collaborate to protect public health and safety by preventing and detecting organised crime.”
“We, however, send a word of caution to these unscrupulous and faceless individuals to desist from spewing such threats. The right authorities have been duly informed for the appropriate action to be taken,” he warned
The acting Registrar of the MDC, Dr Divine Banyubala, assured the public of their efforts to promote the public healthcare delivery in the country and promote sanity in the healthcare sector.
The Ghanaian Times on Thursday January 21,2021 reported that two medical doctors, four nurses and five other persons had been arrested for allegedly engaging in the sale of two new born babies, at two private hospitals, in Accra.
The doctors, whose licenses have currently been revoked, the Medical and Dental Council (MDC), are Dr Hope Mensah Quashie of the 37 Military Hospital and Dr Noah Kofi Lartey of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital.
The suspected nurses were Sylvia Awuseh, John Adorey Effie, Angela Ametepe and Stella Deli of Susan Clinic, a private health facility, at Lartebikorshie, in Accra.
Other persons linked to the case were Leonard Agbley, Doris Badu, both Social Welfare Officers, Madam Dede Gifty Anikpi, a traditional birth attendant, at Bethlehem Maternity Home at Santoe, a suburb of Kpone Katamanso, and the mothers of the two babies (names withheld).