The Cross River Police Command on Wednesday paraded a couple before newsmen and disclosed that they were arrested for allegedly selling their six-year-old daughter for N400,000.
Mr Hafiz Inuwa, the state Commissioner of Police, said the suspects were arrested at Ikom Local Government area on April 26 following a tip-off. Mr Inuwa said that the couple sold the girl to enable them to pay their rent and also open a convenience store.
“On April 26, 2017, following a tip-off, our men arrested a couple, George-Sunday Udoh and his wife Victoria, for allegedly selling their daughter at the cost of N400,000. The suspects were arrested by our operatives attached to the Ikom division. The case has been transferred to State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department here in Calabar and investigation is ongoing.”
Vanguard reports that the father of the child denied selling the child in an interview with newsmen.
“It is true that we don’t have money and things are very hard with me and my wife, but we did not sell our baby for N400,000,’’ he said.