A 38-year-old mother, by name Veronica Igwe, has offered her 4- year- old daughter, Uloma Igwe, to a lady she was indebted to as collateral for her N100 debt in Ebonyi State
According to reports, Veronica owed one Nwali Josephine, N100 during the transaction that was carried at Abakaliki Rice Mill in 2017. The woman kept on pestering her that she must pay the money and Veronica had no choice than to use one of her children in exchange for the money pending when she is going to have the money to pay back.
The Desk Officer in charge of Child Abuse /Maltreatment Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development, Cecilia Elom, said the ministry received an emergency call on Tuesday, informing them about the development.
Elom said officials of the ministry rushed to the CAS campus of Ebonyi State University Abakaliki, where the alleged creditor resides.
“On reaching the residence, we saw little Uloma Igwe with another seven – year- old boy hawking. On interrogation, they confessed to have been lured into hawking by the creditor.
Uloma ’ s mother, Veronica, informed our officials that she did not even know the woman she gave her child to. She added that said she then suggested to her debtor that she could bring one of her children in exchange for the debt.
She maintained that she did not know the residence of the woman she handed her daughter to, but that the transaction took place at the rice mill where they do daily rice transactions.
Officials of the Ministry of Women Affairs invited Mrs. Josephine Nwali to the Office, from where she was handed over to the Ebonyi State Police Command for interrogation, ” Elom said.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Women Affairs has concluded arrangement to take little Uloma Igwe to the hospital for proper medical treatment.