A couple, Nkemakolam and Happiness Ugorji, have been arrested by the police for selling their two-month-old baby for N300,000. The couple confessed they sold her due to their financial challenges.
The Abia Police Command swooped on the suspects in Isialangwa village, Abia state, after villagers noticed the disappearance of the baby.
Happiness, during interrogation said economic hardship also led them to the crime.
"I and my husband decided to sell our baby because of hardship. We have four children and my husband is not working. When I was pregnant there was no money for me to go for antenatal and feeding was even a problem for us. That was why we decided to sell our baby", Happiness confessed.
She said the Nurse who delivered her of the child linked them to the lady who helped sold the baby.
Ugorji, the father of the baby orphan echoed the wife. He said he agreed with his wife to sell the baby to raise money for the family because he was jobless.
He said: "I was riding Keke on hire purchase in Port Harcourt, but when I could not meet up with the payment, the owner collected it from me, so we relocated to my village in Isialangwa and since then I have not got any other job and I have nobody to help us because I am an orphan.
The nurse, known as Nma, who allegedly linked the couple to the buyer of the child, denied the allegation. She claimed she runs a registered charity home where she engages in legal adoption of babies for couples.
According to her, the Ugorjis approached her to source for foster parents for their baby. She said she invited a pastor who has been married for 28 years without a child to adopt the baby. Nma further claimed she was preparing court papers for the adoption when she realized the couple had sold the baby for N300,000 to the pastor.
Also, the baby was said to have tested positive to HIV hence the decision to sell her.
Anthony Ogbizi, the Abia Police Commissioner who paraded the suspects, urged the public to follow due process while adopting children. He said it was a criminal offence to buy babies.