A father, Gabriel Okon Ekpiri, has been apprehended for selling his nine-year-old son for N400,000 in Akwa Ibom State.
The suspect, a native of Ekit Itam Akpan Obong, in Itu local government area of the state, was nabbed by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
This was made known by the police spokesperson in the state, SP Odiko Macdon, on Tuesday.
Macdon said the suspect was apprehended following the quick Intervention of a squad on routine patrol.
The PPRO said the suspect, while confessing to the crime, blamed the devil and economic hardship for his action.
He said, “The Commissioner of Police Akwa Ibom State, Olatoye Durusinmi, has condemned the action of one Gabriel Okon Ekpiri of Ekit Itam Akpan Obong in Itu Local Government Area, who sold his nine-year-old son for N400,000.
“The CP noted that the act was barbaric and totally unacceptable, and the suspect who was arrested by the quick Intervention Squad of the Command has confessed to the crime while blaming the devil and economic hardship for his actions.”
Meanwhile, the Police chief has decorated two Deputy Commissioners of Police (DCP) serving in the command, DCP Baba Audu, Area Commander of Eket command and DCP Lawal Mani of the Department of Operations.