Grandmother Sells Newborn Baby For 250,000 Naira
Patience Emmanauel was tired of the poverty, and the burden of raising her children and grand children.
The widow desired to help her family out of poverty, so she sold her grandson for 250,000 Naira.
The 39 year old woman took her grandson from her daughter, Blessing on the day he was born, and handed over to one Ijeoma Okechukwu, a former neighbor.
A few days after Okechukwu took the baby, she paid Patience and her daughter 250,000 Naira.
The 22-year-old Blessing told fellow residents ofJakande Estate, in the Oshodi Isolo area of Lagos State, that her baby died of epilepsy and convulsion.
A mother' s love is very deep.
A guilty conscience would not allow Blessing keep this lie to herself, as she later opened up to a church member, Comfort Ogwuebu, who helped her family with accommodation.
Ogwuebu, who is a lawyer alerted policemen who arrested the suspect, and recovered the child.
Blessing said after paying off debts and the school fees of her first child and three other siblings, the remaining money was stolen from her.
The alleged buyer, Okechukwu, 35, who lost her only child, said she was only helping the family, and did nothing wrong.
She blamed the misunderstanding with her former landlady, Ogwuebu, as the reason why she was arrested by the police.
The Zone 2 Police Public Relations Officer, CSP Dolapo Badmos, said the case involved obtaining money under false pretenses, threat to life and child trafficking.
“We have recovered the baby and all the suspects are in custody. We are still unraveling what truly happened because we suspect that it is a long chain of trafficking.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 2, Adamu Ibrahim, has directed that the case be thoroughly investigated and the culprits prosecuted,” she said.