A grandma and her daughter have been arrested after they sold a newborn baby for N250,000.
The woman identified as Patience, 39 years and her daughter, Blessing Emmanuel, 22 years were reported to have sold the baby to one Ijeoma Okechukwu at Jakande Estate, Oshodi, Lagos.
According to Punchng, the baby was taken from Blessing by Patience, on the day he was born and handed over to the buyer, who was their former neighbor.
Blessing then told residents that her baby was dead, but later opened up to a church member, Comfort Ogwuebu, who helped her family with accommodation, that her child was with Okechukwu.
Ogwuebu reportedly alerted policemen from the Zone 2 Police Command, who arrested the suspect and recovered the child. Blessing revealed that she had earlier had a child for her boyfriend, Valentine, who got her pregnant the second time.
She said she resisted the pressure to abort the pregnancy because she didn’t want to die. The Akwa Ibom State indigene said she was bothered about what would become of the baby when her mother told her Okechukwu had agreed to take him after delivery.
According to her:
“When I had my second pregnancy, I was persuaded to abort it but I decided not to because of the fear of dying. But after I gave birth to the baby and my mother told my boyfriend was ready to accept the child, I feared for the well being of the baby. My mother then persuaded me to sell it off”
Her mother, Patience, 39, said she had been weighed down by the burden of caring for her three children and Blessing’s first child before she came home with a second unwanted pregnancy..
The widow grandma said she saw Okechukwu’s intervention as an answer to prayer, adding that she thought her assistance would help the family out of poverty. The alleged buyer, Okechukwu, 35, said she was only helping the family.
Source: The Punch