Monday, February 6, 2012

Teenager sells two week old baby for $122 USD

The absurdity of child trading came to fore on Friday as a two-week old baby was sold by the mother, Blessing John, an SSS II student for a paltry $122 USD to one Mrs. Chikodili Jude of Mechanic Bye pass, Minna, Niger state.

The police who arrested the mother of the child and the buyer of the child as well as the guardian of Blessing, Mrs. Martha Obino who negotiated the sale of the two week-old baby said they acted based on a tip off.

The Police Public Relations officer Richard Adamu Oguche told journalists that his office got the information and swung into action and arrested them.

The PPRO said from information available to the police, Blessing was forced into an agreement to give away her baby girl to Mrs. Jude at a sum of $122 USD.

He said that the police would commence further investigation to unearth the circumstances surrounding the sale of the baby and also charge those found to have run foul of the law to court.

The 17 year old Blessing in an interview with LEADERSHIP said the decision to "lease" her daughter to Mrs. Jude was because she was unable to take care of the baby.


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