By Ikeugonna Eleke
A woman identified as Oluchukwu Nwosu, has sold her three-month old grandson, stating that she was pushed by the hardship in the country.
The woman who hails from Nnewi, Anambra State, was said to have sold the baby boy for N50, 000.
The woman was last weekend apprehended by officials of the Anambra State Ministry of Women’s Affairs and Children’s Welfare, and brought before the Commissioner, Hon Mrs Ify Obinabo, where she confessed.
In a video watched by Fides, the woman wept profusely, saying she was pushed to sell the baby because her daughter had been in the habit of getting pregnant and leaving her with the children to take care of.
‘This is the third time my daughter, Ijeoma, has conceived out of wedlock. Due to our poor income, we’ve had trouble feeding right from the time my daughter gave birth to the first baby.
‘We had no other option than to take the kids to a motherless babies’ home, especially when our daughter refused to tell us who was responsible for her pregnancy.
‘I came across a buyer, one Tochukwu Asiegbu, who approached me after bargaining and paid me the agreed sum,’ the woman said.
The Commissioner stated in the video that the three month-old baby had been rescued.
‘The mother of the baby, Ijeoma Nwosu, approached us and claimed her mother forcefully sold her baby soon after he was born and had refused to disclose his whereabouts.
‘Following receipt of the allegation, I quickly swung into action to identify and apprehend the perpetrators.
‘After barely one month of consistent intelligence surveillance by officials in my ministry, the offenders were caught.
‘All those involved in the act have all been nabbed and handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution,’ Mrs Obinabo said.