Woman held over sale of her 2 week-old baby

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Po­lice in Cal­abar, Cross River State have ar­rested a 20-year-old woman and five oth­ers over the sale of her two-week-old baby.

The sus­pects were pa­raded at the state po­lice head­quar­ters yes­ter­day.

The woman, Maria Ekanem, who is from Oduk­pani Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment Area of the state al­leged that she was forced to sell her baby for N20,000.

Speak­ing to jour­nal­ists, Maria said: “Poverty and lack of a place to stay af­ter I gave birth made me sell my two-week-old baby girl for N20,000,” she said.

Maria said her boyfriend who got her preg­nant asked her to abort the baby, but that a doc­tor as­sisted her by pro­vid­ing her with free an­te­na­tal care and food un­til she gave birth.

The other sus­pects in­clude a 55-year old med­i­cal doc­tor, Okokon Of­fiong Okoho, pro­pri­etor of Evan­gel Clinic, of 2, Atu Street, a 70-yearold ma­tron of Sada­toe Ma­ter­nity lo­cated at Umoh Street and a nurse who works at the ma­ter­nity. The girl, who re­ported the mat­ter to the po­lice is a Se­nior Sec­ondary 2 stu­dent of NYSC Demon­stra­tion Sec­ondary school, Cal­abar.

She said the baby’s mother, Maria, gave the child to the ma­tron of the hospi­tal, who in turn handed her over to the buyer.

“The woman gave Maria N20,000 and asked her to pay the nurse at Evan­gel Clinic and keep the bal­ance for her­self,” she said.

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