Police nab housewife for selling baby for N1.5m


Police detectives in Asaba, Delta State, have arrested a housewife identified as Elizabeth Okolie in Okpanam community for allegedly selling her baby for N1.5m.

It was learnt the woman (33), a trader in one of the markets in the area, allegedly sold her baby when the purported father refused to accept the paternity.

The police commissioner in the state, Alkali Usman, confirmed that detectives acting on a tip off arrested the woman on her way to Benin City after she had allegedly sold the baby to unidentified buyer.

The police boss said the woman upon interrogation, made useful statements to the police adding that the police detectives are now after the buyer of the baby.

Family sources said the woman, a secondary schools dropout, escaped with the man and soon became pregnant, she was delivered of a baby girl when the bubble burst.

Usman said, “We arrested the woman through useful information provided by members of the public. We were told she put to bed three months ago and sold the baby to an unidentified buyer after she had quarrels with the man whom she claimed to be her husband. She said the man denied the paternity of the child.

“We have made frantic efforts to bring the buyer to book and our men have gone after the buyer while the woman is currently in our custody helping the police with investigation.”

Meanwhile, an okada rider whose name could not be ascertained as of the time  filing this report, was on Tuesday allegedly murdered by yet unidentified gunmen in Amachai quarters, Okpanam community.

Senior police officers at the Okpanam Police Division, said under the condition of anonymity said the corpse of the victim was deposited in the state mortuary while investigation to unravel the circumstances behind his gruesome murder is ongoing


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