The Akwa Ibom State Police Command has arrested a grandmother, simply identified as Ekaette Obot, for allegedly selling her granddaughter for N200, 000.
Obot claimed she sold the child in order to free the mother, Blessing Okon, 18, from ‘burden of motherhood.’
The state Commissioner of Police, Adeyemi Ogunjemilusi, said the suspect, who is also pregnant, told the police that as soon as she was delivered of the baby, she would sell the child.
“This is the mother to this lady. As soon as her daughter gave birth she sold the child for N200, 000. She is pregnant and she is saying that as soon as she puts to bed, she is going to sell her own baby also.”
Obbot, who claimed to be 27 years, told newsmen shortly after being paraded alongside 275 other suspects at the command headquarters in Ikot-Akpanabia area of Uyo that she did menial jobs by weeding for people to earn a living.
”I sold my granddaughter because I do not want her mother (Blessing) to suffer too much. The burden of raising a child would be too much for her,” she said.