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NIB grabs two more people over child stealing and selling

Two more persons have been grabbed by the National Investigations Bureau (NIB) as they widen investigations into the alleged business of child stealing and selling, in parts of the Western – the Atuabo and Half-Assini areas.

They are Komene Nda-Kwakye, alias John Quashie, who was on the run, and Ayisha Barry.

The NIB had earlier arrested Cynthia Beyeden, a retired midwife/nurse, Sylvester Quashie Nyameke, (mason), Edienu Bozoma, (trader) and Cynthia Quashie (private security).

The NIB sprang into action after one of the accused persons, Nyameke, attempted to sell a seven-month old baby girl to one of their operatives at Ghs80,000.00.

The security operative, feigned interest in buying the baby. The negotiations were done on phone and to prove to the security operative that Nyameke was in for serious business, he captured the baby on video and sent the video to the security operative.

Beyeden, Nyameke, Bozoma and Cynthia Quashie, when they first appeared before a circuit court in Accra, charged variously with child stealing, abetment of crime and hindering inquest, were ordered by the court presided over by Mrs. Evelyn Asamoah, to be held in the custody of the NIB.

They told the court that they are not guilty of any wrongdoing.

They were back in court today together with Nda-Kwakye and Ayisha. The court freed Cynthia Quashie (private security) after the prosecution amended the charge preferred against her.

The remaining five persons have been granted bail in the sum of Ghs150,000 each with two sureties.

This was after their lawyers had pleaded for bail for them. George Asamaning, who is representing Beyeden, told the court that his client was not a flight risk. Besides, the charge against her was bailable. Yaw Dankwa, the counsel for the other accused persons, described the charges against his clients as flimsy, adding that, the facts did not support the charges.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Fuseini Yakubu opposed to the bail plea, telling the court that, the NIB would have to carry out a DNA test on Ayisha.

Besides, the NIB did not know their places of residence.

The accused persons, when they first appeared before the circuit court, were refused the bail.

The judge said she took into consideration, the fact that one of the babies was dead and another baby was on admission at the police hospital.

She however, ordered that the NIB, should give the four accused persons access to their lawyers.

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