A 31-year old man, married two women, has connived with his first wife, who was yet to have a child to sell the new born of his second wife for the sum of N500,000. The reason according to him was because he was unemployed and needed a loan. The couple succeeded in selling the baby after deceiving the new wife to come to Lagos with her child, where she and the baby were put in a hotel. The husband took the baby away and locked the mother in the room without alerting anybody or dropping the hotel key.
She was there for four days until an employee thought of opening the door and alas they met her there weak and almost dead. The police were called him, and they managed to trace the man, arrested him alongside with his wife and the person that bought the baby. Read excerpts from the story below...
If one expected that Ani’s newborn son would be a bundle of joy for him and his family, one would be right. Unfortunately, the joy that came to Ani’s heart was for a totally different reason.
“I am jobless, I had no money and was suffering along with my family. Then a strange thought entered my mind,” he told police investigators.
Ani’s strange thought was not about urgently looking for a job to take care of his family and the new addition; neither was it about obtaining a loan that could help him resuscitate his business.
He had found a way out of his dire financial troubles – looking for a buyer for his son.
“I thought about it for a while, and I realised that since the baby was mine, I could do whatever I wanted with him,” he told the police. But Ani realised he could not broker the deal alone and thought about the closest person he could share such a strange thought with – his first wife.
Victoria, an Ebonyi State indigene, who had been married to her husband without a child for more than three years, instantly jumped at the idea. She was saddled with the responsibility of finding a buyer.
A police source who was privy to the case, told our correspondent that Victoria found a buyer who agreed to pay N500,000 for the baby.
“The husband brought Joy from Abia State and lodged her at a motel in Orile area of Lagos. He took the baby from her under the guise of taking the baby to the clinic for treatment,” the source said.
Our correspondent learnt that if not for the employees of the motel, Joy would have died in the room in which she was lodged.
It was learnt that in order to ensure Joy did not venture out of the motel, her husband locked her in when he left with the baby.
She was only rescued four days later, when a motel employee who was concerned that the room had not been opened for a while, asked a floor manager to unlock the door.
“By the time they found the woman, she could not even speak properly anymore, she was too weak. She had no phone with her. She had not eaten for a long time,” the police said.
It was after Joy was stabilised that she managed to narrate what had happened and gave information on how her husband could be found by the police from the Orile division.
Our police source said, “We eventually found him and he also led us to where we arrested his first wife. The woman told us that she only agreed with the husband after he pressured her to go along with the plan.
“The first thing the man said was that he only gave the child out since it was his to give and that he did not actually collect money. But we later learnt that he gave him out N500,000 was agreed.”
The police have arrested the buyer of the baby, whose identity is still being kept secret.
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