A 30-year-old man, Okwuchukwu Ibekwe, father of two have been arrested by the police for selling his five-month-old son for N500, 000 to one Chinelo in Ihiala, Anambra state.
Commissioner of Police, Lagos state, Fatai Owoseni, who paraded the suspect before journalists at the state command, Ikeja, on Wednesday, said that the suspect sold the baby to one Chinelo, who is still at large with the baby.
According to Ibekwe, the selling of baby Chidera was an agreement between himself and his wife, adding that he did not just sell the baby on his own.
He narrated how it all happened: “I was working as a motor mechanic at Ladipo Auto market, the building housing my mechanic shop was sold by the owner. I have no other source of living but someone gave me a bus to drive as a public transport, but after a while the bus caught fire and burnt that rendered me jobless. I don’t have any other means of livelihood to cater for my children.
“At a stage, it became difficult for me to take care of my wife and the two kids. My wife, Oluchi, came up with an idea of using Chidera, one of my children to borrow money from Chinnelo and our agreement with the woman was to give us N500, 000,000.”