One 23-year-old Blessing Aluna, pictured, has been arrested by men of the Niger state police command for selling her one-week-old baby for N200,000 (GH₵ 2,756).
According to reports, Blessing who resides in Rimi Lokoja Local Government Area of Kogi State Nigeria was apprehended for allegedly conniving with Oludare Jeprince, who was said to be her boyfriend and accomplice, to kidnap and facilitate the sale of the baby.
When interrogated, Blessing blamed poverty for her action.
“Imagine me selling my child for money; that will tell you the level of hardship in the country. I sold my own child for N200,000 in order to open a provision store in Suleja at least to take care of myself and my siblings.”
Blessing said she regrets her action.
“I have done the worst thing to humanity and especially to my own child. I don’t think I deserve to be alive, let the law take its course,” she said
Confirming their arrest, the command’s spokesperson, Muhammad Abubakar, said the suspects would be arraigned in court as soon as investigations are concluded.