Cross River State’s Comptroller of the Immigration Service, Funke Adeuyi,made the disclosure while fielding questions from newsmen shortly after parading the suspects at the Immigration Office in Calabar.
Adeuyi said NIS officials intercepted the couple with the two-week-old baby at the Nfum control post in Etung Local Government Area in Cross River State.
“The baby looked so weak and pale, as if he had not tasted breast milk. Neither the baby’s eyes nor body was moving, a situation that sparked suspicion. The couple claimed to have been married for 15 years, and decided to leave Cameroon for Nigeria to take herbal drugs that would make her pregnant.After searching their travel documents, we found out that their surnames did not tally although they claimed to have been married for 15 years. This gave room for suspicion. Our officers at the control post had to refer them to the state command for second line investigation and profiling.We equally realised that the baby in question was not active for the whole period of the interrogation and this made our second line investigation very powerful. After further investigation, she told us that she was given herbal drugs that would make her pregnant,” Adeuyi added.
When interrogated, the woman said that she delivered the baby at a herbal medical clinic somewhere in South-West Nigeria.
“Someone in Cameroon introduced me to an herbal home here in Nigeria. I went there and was given herbal medicine for pregnancy. After nine months, I was pregnant and I came back to Nigeria for delivery. This is my baby,” she said.