An Anambra woman, Oluchukwu Nwosu, has been arrested for allegedly selling her three-month old grandson, for N50,000 (Fifty Thousand Naira).
The suspect, who hails from Nnewi, claimed that biting hardship in the country pushed her to sell the baby.
Officials of the Anambra State ministry of women affairs apprehended Oluchukwu over the weekend and brought her before the commissioner, Ify Obinabo, where she confessed.
The woman was captured crying profusely in a trending video as she blamed her daughter for her actions. She said her daughter has been in the habit of getting pregnant, and leaving her with the children to take care of.
In her words; “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 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, paid me the agreed sum”.
Also speaking in the video clip, the state Commissioner stated 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 had all been nabbed and handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution,” Obinabo said.