Nigeria: “Anambra Woman Arrested for Attempting to Sell Sons Amid Economic Hardship”

Nigeria: “Anambra Woman Arrested for Attempting to Sell Sons Amid Economic Hardship”

By Zuleihat Owuiye, Mamos Nigeria

In a disturbing incident, the Anambra State Government, through the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, has arrested a 38-year-old woman, Chinyere Chukwu, for attempting to sell her two sons. The arrest came after the woman allegedly conspired with her 17-year-old daughter, Joy, to sell the boys, citing economic hardship.

Chukwu, a resident of Okija in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, claimed she had 11 children and decided to sell two of them when she found it challenging to provide for their needs. During interrogation, she revealed that the asking price for each boy was initially set at N1 million, but after negotiation with the commissioner, who posed as a buyer, they settled on N1.8 million.

This shocking revelation unfolded when the state Commissioner for Women and Social Welfare, Ify Obinabo, along with security operatives, posed as prospective buyers after receiving information about the transaction. Chukwu explained that witnessing her neighbor successfully sell one of her children inspired her to venture into such an illegal activity.

Chukwu’s 17-year-old daughter disclosed that the plan was to use the proceeds from the sale to fund her tertiary education. In response to the situation, Commissioner Obinabo ordered the immediate custody of the remaining children of the suspect by the state government for proper care. Furthermore, she vowed to apprehend the woman’s neighbor who had reportedly sold off her child, emphasizing the government’s commitment to eradicating such crimes.

The Commissioner assured that anyone found engaging in such acts would be handed over to the police and prosecuted. The state government is taking steps to ensure the well-being of the remaining children and pursuing justice for this disturbing case of child trafficking.

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