A 20-year old woman has been paraded by the Imo state Police Command for exchanging her 2-month old baby for rice, cement, 6 chairs and the sum of N200,000.
Voice of Ndigbo gathered the woman, Chioma Fidelis, confessed to the police that she got married out of wedlock and sold the baby because she could not afford to feed him.
Chioma, a native of Ehime Mbano local government of Imo state, said she had no option but to accept the offer because the baby was suffering from kwashiorkor, and couldn’t afford to feed the baby well.
A female accomplice, one Chidimma Unakalamba, who was paraded with Fidelis confessed to selling the baby boy to a couple, Mr and Mrs Jonas Anyawu, who allegedly wanted a male child.
Unakalamba confessed to selling the baby for the sum of N600,000.
Though the baby has been recovered from the couple, a mild drama ensued between Fidelis and Unakalamba when the couple insisted that they paid N700,000 for the child.
Unakalamba then admitted that she deducted N137,000 she spent on the child’s medical bills, and that she gave the mother N200,000 and pocketed the remaining.
Meanwhile, the Nigerian Army has announced the arrest of some suspected child traffickers in Yobe state on Friday, June 16.
According to Army spokesman Brigadier-General Sani Usman Kukasheka, the traffickers were conveying a total of 19 kids to Yobe and Borno states.
A statement by Usman said the offenders have been handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for proper punishment.