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Couple arrested for attempting to sell their baby for N1m

The Anambra State government, through the Ministry of Women and Social Welfare, has handed a couple and an accomplice to the police for alleged human trafficking in Ifitedunu, Dunukofia Local Government Area of the state.

According to SaharaReporters, the couple, identified as Temple and Ndubuisi Nwankwo, were arrested by the police alongside one Ebere while attempting to sell their baby girl for N1 million.

Couple arrested for attempting to sell their baby for N1m
Temple Nwankwo in handcuffs

It was gathered that the couple was suspected to have sold their other two children, whom they claimed had died.

In a statement released on Tuesday by the media aide to the Women Affairs Commissioner, Chidinma Ikeanyionwu, the government said the arrests followed a detailed investigation by the community chairman, Mr Arinzechukwu Azodo, who notified the Women Affairs Commissioner, Ify Obinabo.

The statement read, “According to Mr Azodo, he was alerted by the commander of his team over a report of suspected trafficking taking place in the community which he quickly informed the commissioner who told him to go ahead and apprehend the persons involved.

“Azodo explained that after the arrest, they discovered that the said suspects were about to seal their deal to the tune of one million naira.

“On her part, one of the suspects who gave her name as Ebere from Ukpo in the same local government area of the state, revealed that it was another of the suspects by the name Temple Nwankwo, her very good friend who approached her one day informing her that she has twin babies for sale although she had already sold one of the twins.”

Couple arrested for attempting to sell their baby for N1m

Ebere said she agreed to partner with her and went further to link her up to a prospective buyer who needed a male child urgently.

“Ebere in her confession said that after their negotiation, they agreed to meet at Oye Agu to further seal the transaction but instead Temple requested an instant payment of one million naira in her account which the buyer objected to because he hadn’t seen the baby in question.

“This brought disagreement among them before Temple changed her mind and left them.

“On the alleged seller’s part, Temple Nwankwo from Enugu state but resident at Ifitedunu denied ever having to be in any type of business with Ebere but explained that she only reconnected with her when she was four months pregnant.

“Temple in her defence said it was Ebere who actually asked for her help in getting a male child because she’s not been able to have a child of her own.

“Temple claimed that after Ebere made the request, she warned her to never involve her in such and that since that day, Ebere has been coming to her house in her absence meeting her daughter even after several warnings to her.

“Some members of the community alleged that Temple is into the trafficking business with her husband, Ndubuisi Nwankwo, as an accomplice because they have not seen some of her children for a very long time.”

Couple arrested for attempting to sell their baby for N1m
Ndubuisi Nwankwo in handcuffs

Meanwhile, when the couple were asked the whereabouts of the two kids, they claimed that they were dead.

“However, when they were asked where the children were buried, they stated no one had ever been around to witness the burial of the two kids.

“It was at this point that Obinabo, who was visibly sad over the incident, handed them over to the police for investigation and prosecution,” the statement said.


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Ovat Abeng
Ovat Abeng
Ovat Abeng is a seasoned Journalist who reports political, human-angle, and metropolitan stories.

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