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Mother sells 6-week-old baby, buys phone with proceeds

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Operatives of the Edo State Police Command have begun investigation into the alleged sale of a six -week – old baby by her a 23 – year – old mother , Miracle Johnson .
The Commissioner of Police , Mr Johnson Kokumo, who confirmed the incident , described it as a serious offence .

PUNCH Metro gathered that Miracle sold the baby , Greatness , to an orphanage in Onitsha , Anambra State, for N 200 , 000 .

It was learnt that the nursing mother , who hails from Agenebode , in the Etsako East Local Government Area of the state , was paid in cash .

She was said to have used part of the proceeds to buy a mobile phone .

Miracle , a mother of two , blamed her action on frustration and the inability of her husband to take care of her and her other children .

She said she was persuaded by one Mama Joy , said to be at large , to sell the infant and give the money to her husband to start a business .

She said , “ My baby was born on July 2 . I sold her due to frustration . My husband was just struggling ( to provide for us ) .

“ My friend ( Mama Joy ) said that since my husband was not taking care of me , if I did it ( sold the baby ) , I could give the money to my husband to start a business or buy a motorcycle .

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“ Two weeks later, she came back . I did not know what happened to me . So , I carried a bag , picked some things and left .

“ I sold her to an orphanage in Onitsha . The orphanage bought the child for N 200 , 000 . I just bought only a phone ; I did not want to buy it , but she ( Mama Joy ) forced me to do so, ” she added .

Miracle stated that she regretted her action and later confessed to her pastor.

She said , “ I told my pastor what I did and that it was a mistake for which I would never forgive myself . So , my husband and I went to a police station to report . I know what I did was not good . I pray that my child will forgive me . ”

Her husband , Johnson Omovuokpor , expressed anger that his wife went ahead with her plan , in spite of his disapproval .

He said , “ When she told me about her plan , I told her to forget about it and exercise patience .

“ On that day , I took my motorcycle out for repairs. When I went back home to get some money , I saw my first daughter with my neighbour .

“ When I asked about my wife ’ s whereabouts , I was told that she went out with a bag , saying that she was going to buy something . So , I remembered what she said she wanted to do with the baby .

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“ When she called me later in the afternoon to tell me that she had sold the baby , I cursed her and ended the call. I became confused afterwards and could not do anything for the rest of that day . ”

The Commissioner of Police in the state said the baby would be rescued while the suspect would be charged to court .

Kokumo said , “ It is an act against laws in Nigeria . Now that we have the woman in our net , we will definitely charge her to court . The baby will be rescued . ”

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