A Nigerian woman identified as Oluchukwu Nwosu, residing in Nkwelle, the Oyi Local Government Area of Anambra State, has been arrested by the Nigeria Police Force for allegedly selling her grandson for N50,000.
It was gathered that the baby was delivered out of wedlock by the suspect’s daughter identified as Ijeoma.
After the mother of the baby contacted the ministry, security operatives from the state Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, along with men from the state police command, caught the culprits and Nwosu.
Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, the media aide to the state commissioner for women and social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, revealed this in a press statement on Sunday.
The statement read, “The Ministry of Women and Social Welfare in Anambra State has rescued a three-month-old baby who had been sold by the grandmother
“The rescue occurred in response to a report by Ijeoma Nwosu, who claimed that Oluchukwu Nwosu, her mother, forcefully sold her baby soon after he was born and has since refused to tell her where he is.
“Following receipt of the allegation, the Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, immediately took action, in collaboration with security operatives, to identify and apprehend the perpetrators.
“After almost a month of consistent intelligence and surveillance by the ministry and security operatives, the offenders were caught.”
The statement quoted Ijeoma as saying that her mother sold the three-month-old baby for N50,000, claiming that it was due to their low income, lack of care, and challenges of feeding the baby.
“During interrogations, the culprit confessed how she came across a buyer who, after days of negotiations, finally paid her the agreed sum.
“But the buyer of the baby, one Madam Evelyn, a native of Uruagu Nnewi, when arrested, said she paid N200,000 to the person who obtained the baby for her,” the statement added.
All the suspects were said to have been handed over to the police for further investigation and prosecution.