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Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Parents sell their only Son for 180,000

A 27-year-old man, Mr Daniel Bassey, and his wife,
Magdalene, have been arrested for trafficking their
two-year-old son for N180,000 to an agent in Port
Harcourt, Rivers State.
Parading the couple and 78 other suspects
involved in various crimes at the headquarters of
the Cross River State, Police Command in Calabar,
the Commissioner of Police, Mr Hafiz Inuwa, said
the duo were arrested on July 23, 2018 in Calabar
after a report by the mother of the child.
Inuwa said the mother of the boy reported to the
Efut divisional headquarters that her husband took
their only son, Moses Bassey, to an unknown
person in Port Harcourt through one woman simply
known as Mummy and collected some money.
He said, “On July 23, 2018, one Mrs Magdalene
Bassey, reported at Efut Divisional Headquarters in
Calabar that her husband, Mr Daniel Bassey, took
their first son to an unknown person in Port
Harcourt through one woman called Mummy.
“The police immediately swung into action and
arrested the suspect. During interrogation, the
suspect revealed that his wife was a party to the
transaction. They are now in police custody to help
the police to unravel the cause of this inhuman
action and face possible prosecution.”
He said efforts were on by the police to ensure
that the baby was recovered.
During an interview with Southern City News on
Tuesday, Daniel Bassey, confessed to the crime,
adding that he gave out the child as collateral for
N180,000 loan to help him pay his house rent .
“I did it based on the debt of N21,000 I collected
from a friend to pay my house rent. There is no
work in this rainy season and I am jobless. A guy
from my area informed me that he knows a woman
who lends money to people.
“That my friend told me that I can give out the
child as collateral to get the money without
necessarily selling him. The woman gave me
N180,000 immediately after she received the child.
“After that, my mother in-law came and asked me
of the child and I lied to her that I took the baby to
my brother for holiday,” he said.
His wife, Magdalene, who hails from Bakassi Local
Government Area of Cross River State, admitted
that she consented to the act.
She said she agreed to it so that they could solve
their financial problems.
The commissioner also paraded 37 suspected
armed robbers, 20 suspected cultists, eight
suspects for unlawful possession of firearms, five
suspects for murder among others.
He assured that the command would continue to
work in collaboration with other security agencies
and residents in the state with a view to safeguard
lives and property in the state.

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