Four people, including 32-year-old father of a nine-month-old baby have been arrested by the police for selling the baby for N250,000. The suspects included a worker at an orphanage, Alhaji Sunkanmi Adamu; the father, Nathaniel Vanny; the buyer, Ekah Gift and the middleman, who is also a Pastor, Samuel Osaviitu.
They were arrested by policemen from the FESTAC town divisional police station, after the 28-year-old mother of the baby, Ijeoma Njeku raised the alarm.
The father of the baby, Nathaniel denied selling the baby, though he admitted collecting money from Ekah Gift. He insisted that he took the baby away from home, after the mother abandoned him, without proper breast-feeding. Ijeoma told the police that “Three months ago, he said he didn’t have money to take care of me and our baby, but he had money to buy cigarettes and smoke but can’t bring out N150 to buy pampers for our baby.”
She also claimed that “Even if I want to take our baby to hospital, I would have to borrow money. He’ll promise to give me whenever they pay him.” She also refuted her husband’s claim that she abandoned the baby: “It’s a lie! I didn’t abandon my baby. He said he wanted to hand the baby over to his aunt, to care for. I said it will give me opportunity to look for a job and support the family. I didn’t know his plan was to sell our baby.”
Meanwhile the father of the baby had reportedly lied to the buyer that the mother had abandoned the baby and that there was nobody to take care of the baby.
The image maker in charge of the state police command, Dolapo Badmus confirmed the arrest of the suspects to Lagos Metro.