A woman, identified as Blessing Agoro has cited sudden disappearance of her husband for two years and accompanied economic hardship that followed his unknown whereabouts as reasons that led to her decision of selling her two daughters for N300,000.
The 35-year-old mother of four noted that when catering for the four children became unbearable for her, coupled with dwindling economic fortune, she had no option than to sell her two daughters age four and two to a couple in Port Harcourt.
Narrating her ordeal after she was arrested by officers of Nigerian Police Force, Ogun State Command, the suspect explained that while two children she sold belongs to her disappeared husband, she had the other two for another man and that the biting hunger the family went through during her husband’s absence led to her act.
Confirming the development in a statement on Sunday, the state’s Police Public Relations Officer, DSP, Abimbola Oyeyemi, noted that the suspect was arrested following a report lodged at the Redeemed Camp divisional headquarters by her husband, Oluwaseyi Agoro.
According to Oyeyemi, the husband of the suspect reported that he traveled for some time, and when he returned on June 8, he couldn’t find his two daughters and all efforts to make his wife tell him the whereabouts of the children proved abortive, hence his report.
The command’s PPRO said upon the report, the Divisional Police Officer, Redeemed Camp Division, Chief Superintendent of Police, Alabi Akinjide detailed his detectives to apprehend the suspect, who had already been with the camp’s Code Of Conduct Department.
“On interrogation, the suspect explained to the police that, her husband left home for the past two years, and while he was away, she found it difficult to cater for the two children and two other children she had with another man.
“She stated further that while she was contemplating on what to do, one Kolawole Imoleayo introduced her to a couple in Port Harcourt who are in dire need of children, and she sold the two daughters to the couple at the rate of N300,000.
“Her confession led to the arrest of the said intermediary, Kolawole Imoleayo. They are now both assisting the police in their investigation” the PPRO said.
Meawnhile, the Commissioner of Police in the state, CP Edward Ajogun, has ordered the transfer of the suspects to the Anti-Human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department for discreet investigation and equally directed that the children must be rescued and brought back to their parents as soon as possible.