Two senior officials of the Social Welfare Department in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, have been picked up for allegedly stealing and selling a day-old baby.
Probation Officer, Evelyn Jemima Alangeah, and her colleague, 58-year-old Samuel Obeng Afriyie, a Justice Administration Officer, admit to selling the baby to a couple for over GHS16,500.
They are said to have stolen the child from a maternity home where the mother had been sent to give birth.
The baby’s mother who hails from Lawra in the Upper West Region, sought support from the Social Welfare Department’s Regional Office last year after her boyfriend abandoned her with a pregnancy.
The social worker took her to a private maternity home in Kumasi and stole the baby the day it was born.
She reportedly told the woman her sick baby had been referred to a nearby hospital for further observation after it was born with rashes on the neck.
Investigations by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit, however, revealed Evelyn had then sent the baby to the Kumasi Children’s Home, and later sold her to a couple who had applied to adopt a baby at the department for GHS 16,500.
Evelyn, after selling the day-old baby, told the woman her baby did not survive and later took her to Tewobabi in Kenyasi near Kumasi, where she lived with her for two months.
The mother, not too convinced with the story of her dead baby, confided in a friend who advised that the issue be reported to police.
Evelyn Alangeah was arrested on April 6, 2018, by the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Ghana Police Service following investigations.
DSP Juliana Obeng who speaks for the Ashanti Regional Police Command told Nhyira FM the action of Evelyn was to cover up.
“Evelyn took the complainant to Tewobabi in Kenyasi in the Ashanti Region to stay with her in order to cover up her diabolical deeds,” she revealed.
According to her, the two officials shared the money from the sale of the baby.
“Suspect Evelyn charged the couple an amount of GHS 16,500 for the adoption process. Unknown to the couple, the baby was a stolen one.
The amount, being proceeds from the sale of the baby was shared between Evelyn and Mr. Samuel Obeng Afriyie, all officers of the Social Welfare Department here in Kumasi.”
Police have so far questioned managers of the private maternity home as they process the suspects for court.
DSP Juliana Obeng said the police have taken custody of the baby after admitting the two suspects to bail.
“As we speak, the baby is in good condition; the baby has been taken to a home so that she could be taken care of whilst the investigation and then court proceedings also go on,” she explained.
Nhyira FM checks at the Regional Office of the Social Welfare Department reveal, the two suspects who face conspiracy to wit child stealing and child stealing charges, are still at post.
Officials of the Regional Office have declined comment after sending reports with recommendations to the headquarters in Accra.