Minna — The police in Niger State will today arraign three persons in court over the sale of a two day old baby. The suspects, Blessing John, 18, Mrs. Chikodili Jude, 50, and Mrs. Martha Obialor, 65, were arrested by the police last Friday.
Daily Trust gathered that Blessing John, a secondary school drop-out gave birth to a baby girl on January, 18, 2012, at the General Hospital, Minna, and that two days later, Mrs. Jude, who is said to be barren and a widow, approached Blessing for the deal. It was also gathered that Mrs. Jude bought the baby girl for N 20, 000.
Blessing, an indigene of Kwale in Delta State said she sold the child because she could not trace the man, who impregnated her. She however gave his name as Emmanuel Sunday.
"Sunday and I met when I was working as an attendant in a restaurant at the Mechanic Village in Keteren Gwari in Minna metropolis. He approached me, and I accepted his proposal, but when I got pregnant for him, he denied being responsible for the baby. Since then, I have not seen him", she said.
Blessing added that though she collected N 20,000 from Mrs Jude, she was hoping to collect her baby back whenever she is able to raise the money to pay her (Mrs Jude) back. Similarly, The third accused, Mrs. Martha Obialor was said to have facilitated the deal while Mike Ekemezie Esq of Freedom Chamber at SW 264, Yoruba road, Minna, allegedly drafted the agreement.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer, ASP. Richard Oguche said Mrs. Jude was released on bail based on compassionate grounds to allow her take care of the baby.
He added that the police are still searching for the lawyer.