A 23-year-old mother of two identified as Mercy Okon has been arrested by the police in connection with the sale of a 3-month-old baby. Upon arrest and interrogation of the suspect, more information surrounding the action was uncovered.
Child selling is considered a crime in Nigeria and internationally as it is considered a violation of human rights. Confessing the crime, the suspect revealed she is the mother of the baby, which she sold for N150,000 to unknown men. According to the suspect, she had to sell her baby to pay her house rent and foot other bills.
As narrated by the suspect, “The father of the baby left us when I was six months pregnant, I had no choice as things were really hard for me, so I had to give out the baby, but initially, the person who linked me up told me that, his brother wanted to marry me.”
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