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Young mother sells child for N500,000 in Ondo

20 March 2016, 19:31

Abuja - A teenager and four other suspects have been arrested in Ondo for their alleged involvement in the human trafficking of a baby girl, Naij has reported.

the young woman, identified as Tessy Obianu, is reported to have fallen prey to a child trafficker who convinced her to sell her child to a couple.

According to Commissioner Hilda Ibifuro-Harrison, the police were made aware of the incident through a report made by the girl's father, who had raised the alarm over his missing daughter.

Tessy's father stated that his daughter had run away in January of last year after falling pregnant and had reappeared in May without a baby.

Also read: Imo nips child trafficking in the bud

Upon interrogation, Tessy narrated how she was coerced by her father's neighbor, identified as Jude Azuja, who took her to Onitsha and nursed her before her delivery in the residence of the trafficker, Chibuzor Okoye.

“Following investigations in Onitsha, the police arrested Mrs Okoye, at No. 3, Tony Olisa Street, Awada, who specialises in child trafficking. It was Okoye, who sold the said baby girl to the couple at No. 8, Uzogwu Street, Onitsha for the sum of N500,000.

“She claimed to have given Jude the sum of N200,000 out of which Jude claimed to have bought clothes and shoes for Tessy and also gave her N30,000. Mrs Okoye thereafter forced Tessy, to sign an undertaking that she would never come back for the baby,” said Ibifuro-Harrison.

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