To Afford Phone, Wrapper, Mother Sells Baby For N600,000

The Special Anti- Robbery Squad of the Imo State Police Command has arrested a 27 – year- old single mother , Nneka Donatus , who allegedly sold her baby girl a day after putting to bed .

Also arrested were a level 12 civil servant at the state Ministry of Women Affairs , Ujunwa Udechukwu , 40 ; and Nneoma Onwusereaka, 37 ; who allegedly conspired with the single mother to sell the baby to a couple .

The mother of the baby , who spoke to newsmen at the command headquarters in Owerri on Thursday , confessed that she used part of the proceeds to buy a phone, wrapper and slippers for herself .

She told our correspondent that she was not ready to keep the baby girl having given birth to five children already .

She explained that while she bought a phone, wrapper and slippers for herself , she wanted to use what remained of the money to start a business .

The woman, who spoke in her native dialect, said , “ I sold my baby girl for N600 , 000 and used N15 , 000 from the money to buy a phone, wrapper and slippers and transported myself back home .

“ I asked Nneoma Onwusereaka and her husband , who had the balance to use it to start a business for me. I have five children already and I am separated from my former husband . ”

A civil servant, who was arrested in connection with the crime , said she was rewarded with N 10 , 000 for connecting the buyer with the seller.

The 40 – year – old civil servant admitted that she made a mistake , adding that the N10 , 000 was paid into her account the following day .

A police source told our correspondent that while the single mother put to bed on March 28 , the day old baby was sold for N600 , 000 on March 29 at Ezinachi in the Okigwe LGA of Imo State .

According to the police source , the mother of the woman who sold the baby reported the matter to SARS operatives after the lady returned home without the newborn baby .

The source noted that the suspects were arrested at different locations in the state after some SARS personnel, led by their Commander , Victor Godfrey, activated the operational strategies of the unit .

The source added that the suspects would be arraigned at the end of investigation .

He revealed that husband to one of the arrested suspects was in 2013 allegedly sentenced to a five- year jail term for offences relating to child trafficking .

The state Commissioner of Police , Rabiu Ladodo , explained that his command was fighting hard to ensure that child trafficking , which he considered as a serious crime against humanity , was curbed in the state .

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