The Cross River State Police Command has arrested one Mr Daniel Bassey and his wife, Magdalene, for selling their two-year old son for an undisclosed amount in Calabar.
Addressing reporters in Calabar on Tuesday, Commissioner of Police, Hafiz Inuwa, said the couple was arrested when the wife reported at the Efut Divisional Headquarters that her husband took their only son, Moses Bassey, to an unknown person in Port Harcourt through one woman simply known as Mummy and collected an undisclosed amount of money.
“The suspect was later arrested. During interrogation, it was revealed by Daniel Bassey that the complainant, Mrs Magdalene Bassey, mother of the baby was party to the transaction. The duo are now in police custody to unravel the cause of this inhuman action and possible prosecution,” Inuwa said.
He said efforts were on by the police to ensure that the baby is recovered.
Daniel Bassey, who was paraded alongside his wife and 78 other suspects, admitted to the crime.
He said he was 27 years old.
Daniel, an indigene of Akwa Ibom State, said he did it because of economic hardship.
Daniel who said he has two children, said the boy was his second child. His first child, a girl, is three years old.
His wife, Magdalene, who said she was 22 years old and from Bakassi local government area in Cross River State, admitted that she consented to the act.
She said she agreed to it so they could solve their financial problems.
The police Commissioner, Inuwa, who paraded 80 suspects for various offences, said they had seized 11 firearms, N92, 000 cash and recovered two vehicles.
He said security was everybody’s business and appealed to members of the public to be patriotic by shearing timely and useful information to help the police do their job better.