Recession: Women Deny Selling Child For 150,000 Naira
A mother of four, Grace Onyenma, 28, and an accomplice, Ogechi Ihejirika, 34, have denied selling Onyenma’s 4-day-old baby for 150,00 Naira.
They were arraigned before Magistrate A.T. Elias of Lagos Chief Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday.
The accused persons are standing trial on charges of conspiracy and unlawfully trading a baby for the purpose of buying and selling.
The prosecutor, Kehinde Omisakin, told the court that the accused committed the offences on April 18, at about 9 a.m. at Oko-Afor in Badagry Local Government Area of the state.
"Onyenma had connived and conspired with Ihejirika to sell her baby, Joshua Friday, for 150,000 Naira," he told the court.
The offences contravened Sections 276 and 411 of the Criminal Law of Lagos State, 2015.
The accused, however, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The magistrate, Mr A.T. Elias, granted bail to the accused in the sum of 250,000 Naira with two sureties in like sum.
Elias ruled that one of the sureties must be a community leader while the other must be a staff of a reputable organisation.
He adjourned the case until June 3 for trial.
Since Nigeria's economy slipped into recession in 2016, more reports of child sales are coming up. Many Nigerians had thought that baby factory stories that have been reported in the south east had fizzled out after security agencies busted several of them.
The trade has now shifted to mother's selling their own child though the help of nurses or some other persons that may know buyers.
In Katsina, a commercial sex worker popularly referred to as Ashawo, Aisha Idris, was arrested by the Katsina State Police Command for allegedly selling her three-month-old baby for 200,000 Naira.
After she had successfully sold her 3-month-old baby for 200,000
Naira, the 18-year-old sex worker, was arrested by the Katsina State
The Commissioner of Police, Katsina State
Command, CP Usman Ali Abdullahi, told reporters that Aisha conspired with a
nurse, Ogugua Oko, working with the Federal Medical Centre, Katsina, who
linked them up with the buyer of the baby.