CROSS River Police Command has arrested a couple for allegedly trafficking their two-year old son to an agent in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State in exchange for money.
The Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa who presented the suspects to crime reporters, said the couple was arrested in Calabar after a report by the mother of the child, Mrs. Magdalene Bassey.
Inuwa explained that the mother of the child reported that her husband, Mr. Daniel Bassey gave out the child to a trafficking agent for an undisclosed amount of money.
On July 23, 2018, Mrs. Magdalene Bassey reported at Efut Division 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, he said, immediately swung into action, and arrested the suspect. During investigations, the suspect revealed that his wife was a party to the transaction.
”The duo are now in police custody to unravel the cause of his inhuman action and possible prosecution” he said.
The father of the child told newsmen that he gave out the child as collateral for N 180,000 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.
That my friend told me that I can give out the child as Collateral to get the money without necessary 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 child to my brother for holiday, he said.
The police boss assured that the command would continue to work with other security agencies and residents of the state with a view to safe guarding lives and property.