Man Sells 2-Year-Old Son For N150,000

A 52-year-old man, Abraham Udoh, who sold his two-year-old son for N150,000, was among suspects paraded, yesterday, by the Cross River Police Command.

Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, the state’s Commissioner of Police, said the suspect was arrested on July 24 shortly after his wife, Mrs Esther Abraham, reported the matter to the police, noting that Udoh sold the child without the consent of the wife.

He said thorough interrogation revealed that the suspect sold the child to an unknown woman residing in Uyo, the capital city of Akwa Ibom State.

The Police boss said:
“On July 24, a case of child trafficking was reported at our Uwanse Divisional Headquarters here in Calabar. One Esther Abraham reported that his husband sold their two-year old son without her consent.

“Upon investigation, Udoh revealed that he sold the child for N150,000 to an unknown woman residing in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State. When he was arrested, N130,000 was recovered from him and registered as an exhibit.
“Investigation is in progress to arrest the buyer and recover the child before they will be charged to court.”

Speaking with newsmen, Udoh admitted selling the child for N150,000.

His words:
“Actually, I sold the child because I needed some money. I have six children and I am really sorry for not telling my wife about it.”

The Commissioner also told journalists that 26 other suspects were arrested by the state command for various offences in the state between June and July. Inuwa said five of them were robbery suspects, arrested on July 20, after they had invaded the house of one Angela Obo in Calabar South. He said some locally-made pistols, one revolver also made locally, three rounds of 9mm ammunition, three live cartridges, among others items, were recovered from the criminals.

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