Some news make the heart sink with sadness. This is one of such.
One 27 year old Maria Ekanem has been arrested by the Cross River State Police Command – for allegedly selling her two weeks old baby for N20,000.
According to The Sun, three others – Eno Enang, Reuben Eno and Okokon Offion (a doctor) were arrested in connection with the alleged sale of the baby.
The mother denied selling her baby, insisting that she only used her two weeks old baby as a collateral to get the N20,000 as loan for food.
She said, “When I was pregnant I almost aborted the child but I summoned courage and delivered the baby but after giving birth there was no money and I approached one Dr. Okokon for financial help to buy food and feed the family… Later Dr Okokon directed me to hand over the baby to Matron Eno, who runs a private clinic and it was while doing the exchange that the Police came and arrested us, I am innocent.”
The Cross River State Police Public Relations Officer, John Eluu, said, “We got a tip-off on the crime a week ago and immediately swung into action which led to the arrest of the five suspects… Four members of the syndicate had negotiated the sale of the baby for N20,000 with Ms. Maria Ekanem, mother of the child.”