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Woman takes 5-year-old son to market for sale, claims hardship

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Woman takes 5-year-old son to market for sale, claims hardship

Story from Hafsat Aleeyu MUYE 

There was confusion in a market at Bishop Okoye Street in Mile 3, Diobu, Port Harcourt, Rivers State, when a woman whose identity is unknown brought a five-years-old boy whom she claimed is her son for sale.

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The incident reportedly occurred at about 3:40p.m as customers and traders surrounded the woman in amazement.

Former Vice Chairman of Goat Meat Sellers Association, Bishop Okoye branch, Mr Nelson Tasie, who reportedly witnessed the incident told a source that the woman said life has become very difficult for her, and she could no longer take care of herself and the child, which was why she opted to sell him.

Mr Tasie said that since he was in haste, he advised that the woman and the child be taken to the Nkpolu Police Division, Mile 3 Diobu, so that the police could wade into the matter.

The former Vice Chairman of Goat Meat Sellers Association disclosed that concerned traders and customers were on their way with the woman and her child to the police station when he left the scene.

The state police command is yet to respond officially to the incident.

In January, operatives of Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested a father, Mr Chinana Tali, over alleged trafficking and attempt to sell off his 6-year-old son for N20 million in Abuja.

The suspect was arrested at the point of sale after being lured to Abuja from Benue.

During interrogation at the NSCDC FCT Command, he claimed that the victim, Ushafa Tali, was his son.

Tali claimed that he was a father of six children and had decided to sell one of his children to help raise money to take care of his large family, “It is because of hardship and no money, so I need to find a way to train my other children,” Tali said.

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