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Woman Sells Daughter For N20,000

Efforts in top gear to trace where about of buyer of a two weeks old baby from her mother after deal was blown open by the police in Calabar

A 22-year-old secondary school drop-out Maria Ekanem from Odukpani Local Government Area of Cross River State has disclosed that she sold her two weeks old daughter for N20,000 because of lack of accommodation and poverty

Maria, who was arrested by the police along with five other accomplice said her boyfriend who got her pregnant asked her to abort the baby but a doctor helped her by providing her free antenatal care and food until she gave birth prompting her to agree to sell the baby as arrangement had been concluded for the sale.

Paraded along with Maria by the police were a 55-year-old medical doctor, Okokon Offiong Okoho, the proprietor of Evangel Clinic of 2, Atu Street, a 70-yearold matron of Sadatoe Maternity located at Umoh Street and a nurse who works at the maternity who allegedly made the plans to sell the girl to an Abuja based lady who is now on the run.

It was gathered that plans to sell the two weeks old girl was leaked to the police by a Senio school Maria told me she wanted to take the baby to the parents of the boy who impregnated her since she can no longer cope with taking care of the baby”.

Maria said when they got to Fuller by Inyang Street in Calabar South, they met Mrs Elemi and her daughter in a SUV car and Maria gave the girl to the matron who handed over the girl to the buyer. “The woman gave Maria N20,000 and asked her to pay the nurse at the Evangel Clinic and use the rest for herself”

The girl said she became suspicious when the driver of the SUV told the woman with the baby that her husband said she should take her to the airport to catch a flight to Abuja. “I started wondering why they should take the girl to the airport when the boyfriend to Maria and her parents live here in Calabar”.

Police Public Relations Officer Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) John Eluu who paraded Maria along with the doctor and Matron said when the information got to the police at the Federal Housing Police Station, detectives swung into action and arrested the suspects and that investigations are continuing to apprehend the buyer of the girl who is now on the run.

– Edem Edem, Calabar

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