Crime · HUMAN INTEREST

3 day old child sold for N300,000 in Akwa Ibom_Femi Ehiabhi

The police has alledged that a woman in Akwa Ibom State, South-South Nigeria, has confessed to selling her own three-day-old baby for N300,000.

The police in Akwa Ibom State said the woman, identified as Nse U. James, also confessed that she has been involved in child-trafficking for several years.

The Commissioner of Police in Akwa Ibom, Imohimi Edgal, disclosed this on Thursday in Uyo while briefing reporters on the successes recorded by the police in the state.

As at the time of filling this report, we could not have access to the suspect to hear her side of the story.

But Mr Edgal said the woman was arrested December last year at a local school in Ekpene Ukim, Uruan Local Government Area of the state by anti-kidnapping operatives when she attempted to abduct some pupils.

“Instant search of her bag led to the recovery of several children’s clothes,” Mr Edgal said.

“On interrogation, she confessed to have abducted, sold several children in the past, as well as her own three-day-old baby for N300,000 to one Love Okereafor and Ifeoma Ibe, both of Abia State, sometimes in 2018.

“Suspect led operatives to Abia State where Love Okereafor of Nkanu-Ishiala Ngwa Local Government Area and Ifeoma Ibe of No. 142 Aba-Owerri Road, both in Abia State, were arrested, and a child of about one year old was rescued from them.”

The police commissioner said both women have also confessed to being active traffickers of children, for several years.

The suspects have been charged to court, the police said.

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