The Edo State Command of the Nigeria Police Force have begun investigation into the alleged sale of a six-week-old baby by an Edo mother, Miracle Johnson.
The Commissioner of Police, Mr Johnson Kokumo, who confirmed the incident, described it as a serious offence.
According to the report by newsmen the 23-year-old Edo mother sold the baby, to an orphanage in Onitsha, Anambra State, for N200,000.
Miracle, who hails from Agenebode, in the Etsako East Local Government Area Edo state, was said to have used part of the proceeds to buy a mobile phone.
However, the mother of two, said she was advised to do so after being frustrated due to the inability of her husband to take care of her and her other children.
“My baby was born on July 2. I sold her due to frustration. My husband was just struggling (to provide for us).
“My friend (Mama Joy) said that since my husband was not taking care of me, if I did it (sold the baby), I could give the money to my husband to start a business or buy a motorcycle.
“Two weeks later, she came back. I did not know what happened to me. So, I carried a bag, picked some things and left.
“I sold her to an orphanage in Onitsha. The orphanage bought the child for N200,000. I just bought only a phone; I did not want to buy it, but she (Mama Joy) forced me to do so,” Miracle said.
Miracle stated that she regretted her action and later confessed to her pastor.
The Commissioner of Police in the state said the baby would be rescued while the suspect would be charged to court.
Kokumo said, “It is an act against laws in Nigeria. Now that we have the woman in our net, we will definitely charge her to court. The baby will be rescued.”