Man Arrested for Allegedly Selling His Nine-Month-Old Son to Multiple Buyers
The Amotekun Corps has arrested a 30-year-old man, identified as Daniel Chigozie, for allegedly selling his son, Daniel Chinonye Darlington, to multiple buyers.
According to the Commandant of the Corps in Ogun State, David Akinremi, the agency received intelligence about Chigozie’s serial sale of his son.
The suspect sold the nine-month-old baby, his son, to three different buyers at different locations in Sango, Meiran, and Apapa areas of Lagos between August 2022 and February 2023.
The buyers reportedly paid Chigozie N150,000, N400,000, and N700,000 for the child.
Akinremi further revealed that Chigozie worked with a criminal syndicate and had devised a means of retrieving his son from each buyer after each sale until he sold him to the last buyer, Dr. Nosa in Apapa. Upon interrogation, Chigozie confessed to the crime.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) is profiling the suspect for a follow-up investigation to recover the child and prosecute Chigozie.
The sale of children is illegal and violates the rights of the child. The authorities have continued to urge citizens to report any suspected case of child trafficking to the appropriate authorities.
In other news, Gunmen have reportedly kidnapped Agbor Onyi, the deputy governorship candidate of the Young Peoples Party (YPP), in Cross River.
Confirming the abduction on Friday, Irene Ugbo, police spokesperson in the state, said Onyi was kidnapped alongside three other persons while travelling to north Cross River for Saturday’s election.
The development comes some hours before the governorship and the state house of assembly elections which will be held on March 18.
NAN reports that Ugbo said the incident occurred on Thursday at the Calabar-Ogoja highway.
She said Imojara Imojara, an assistant superintendent of the Nigerian Immigration Service (NIS) was among the persons abducted.
“The victims were travelling in a Toyota Corolla when the kidnappers stopped the vehicle and took them away into the forest,” Ugbo said.
“One of the occupants, Mrs Sandara Egbung, is the wife of an aide to Gov. Ben Ayade.
“The commissioner of police in charge of the election has directed that drastic action should be taken. It is being worked on. Let us hope and pray that before Saturday, everything will be fine.”
The police spokesperson assured that the command will continue to work to ensure the kidnapped persons are released.
However, NAN reports that a source confirmed that the abductors had earlier demanded N60 million ransom which has now been reduced to N40 million.