The Imo State Police Command has paraded a 20-year-old woman, Chioma Fidelis, for exchanging her two-month-old son, Favour Fidelis, for half a bag of rice, six chairs, cement and N200,000 cash.
Chioma, who admitted that she bartered her son for the aforementioned items in addition to the cash, disclosed that she gave birth to the child following an unwanted pregnancy but was unable to cater for the newborn.
She said that it was in her point of necessity that one of her accomplices, one Chidimma Unakalamba, advised her to sell the child.
Chioma, who hails from Ehime Mbano LGA of Imo State, said she had no option but to accept the offer, because the baby was suffering from bad health, and also because she had nobody to take care of her and the child.
Unakalamba, who was paraded alongside Chioma and other accomplices, reportedly confessed to selling the baby boy to a couple, Mr. and Mrs. Jonas Anyanwu, who allegedly were in dire need of a male child.
She said the baby was sold for N600,000 to the couple.
Though the baby has been recovered, a mild drama ensued when the couple insisted that they paid N700,000 for the child.
Unakalamba then admitted that she deducted N137,000 she spent on the child’s medical bills, and that she gave the mother N200,000 and pocketed the remaining.