A 25-year-old woman who is based in Onitsha, has been arrested after attempting to sell a 1-week-old baby to a woman in Lagos.
The accused, Nkechi Obi, was on her way to hand over the baby to the buyer at Cele Bus Stop, along the Oshodi/Apapa Express-way, when she met her waterloo, Vanguard reports.
The driver of the vehicle began to suspect foul play when the baby began crying incessantly, and Obi never made attempts to breastfeed the baby. The driver subsequently alerted police around Oshodi.
The suspect, who is a farmer and apprentice, claimed that the baby was given to her by her boss, Ngozi, in Onitsha, to take to a ready buyer in Lagos.
She said: “I was in the shop located at 2 Ourline Street, Onitsha Main Market on Tuesday, when my madam, who I sell clothes for, came and ordered me to go and change into something better, that I was to embark on a journey to Lagos.
“Thereafter, she handed the baby to me and gave me a food flask and baby milk. She only gave me the telephone number of the woman I was to hand the baby over to. The woman in question is barren. I was to meet with her at Cele Bus Stop. The would-be buyer was arrested.”
The would-be buyer already had two female children, but opted to adopt a male child due to pressure from her husband who threatened to marry another woman if she failed to give birth to a boy.