A 45-year-old grandmother, identified as Oluchukwu Nwosu, has been nabbed for selling her three-month old grandson.
According to the woman, she was pushed to sell the baby boy for N50,000 by the hardship in the country.
The suspect, who hails from Nnewi, Anambra State was apprehended by officials of the Anambra State ministry of women affairs, and brought before the commissioner, Ify Obinabo, where she confessed at the weekend.
Ms Obinabo said the baby had been rescued following consistent intelligence reports and surveillance that lasted almost a month.
The commissioner frowned at the continued practice of illegal adoption in the state despite the government’s efforts to end it.
“The mother of the baby, Ijeoma Nwosu, approached us and claimed her mother, forcefully sold her baby soon after he was born and had refused to disclose his whereabouts.
“Following receipt of the allegation, I quickly swung into action to identify and apprehend the perpetrators.
“After barely one month of consistent intelligence surveillance by officials in my ministry, the offenders were caught.
“All those involved in the act had all been nabbed and handed over to the police for investigation and prosecution,” the commissioner stated.
In a video sighted on social media, the woman wept profusely, saying she was pushed to sell the baby because her daughter has been in the habit of getting pregnant, and leaving her with the children to take care of.
“This is the third time my daughter Ijeoma has conceived out of wedlock. Due to our poor income we’ve had trouble feeding right from the time my daughter gave birth to the first baby.
“We had no other option than to take the kids to motherless babies home, especially when our daughter refused to tell us who was responsible for her pregnancy.
“I came across a buyer, one Tochukwu Asiegbu, who approached me, after bargaining, paid me the agreed sum,” she said.