The unsuccessful attempt to sell two of her sons for N1.8 million has been attributed by a 38-year-old mother named Chinyere Chukwu to the “economic hardship in the country.”
According to the Anambra State Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, Chukwu, who is from Okija in the Ihiala Local Government Area of Anambra State, conspired with her 17-year-old daughter, Joy Chukwu, to sell off her two kids prior to their detention.
When word of the purported sale reached the ministry, the state commissioner for women and social welfare, Ify Obinabo, led a group of security personnel in the late hours of Tuesday to apprehend the suspects. Before then, the suspects had pretended to be buyers for the children.
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During her interrogation, Chukwu added that she had eleven children and chose to sell two of them since she was unable to support them.
“I have eleven kids, and because of the country’s economic hardship, I decided to sell two of them when I could no longer support them,” the mother stated. The commissioner, who pretended to be the buyer, successfully negotiated for us to sell them for N1.8 million instead of the original N2 million, even though the prices were set at N1 million apiece because they are males.
I became interested in the industry and made the decision to go on this kind of adventure when my neighbor sold one of her children. I had never tried this kind of business before.
“I only had two children for my husband; I inherited the other nine after his death, and I haven’t been able to provide them with the proper care and support ever since.”
The eldest of the 11 children, her 17-year-old daughter, also spoke, adding that the money would be used to further her postsecondary education.
In response to the revelation, Obinabo issued an order directing the state government to seize custody of the suspect’s remaining children for appropriate care, and he also promised to find the woman’s neighbor who had sold her child.
The commissioner further ordered that contact tracking of the child would ensue in order to recover the child following the arrest of the neighbor.
Obinabo gave the state assurances about the government’s commitment to ending crimes and issued a warning that anyone caught doing such an act would be turned over to the authorities and faced with legal action.