The police in Ebonyi State have arrested a 32-year-old woman, Victoria Chekwube, for attempting to sell her four months old baby boy as a result of hunger and other economic hardship.
The woman, who was staying at the demolished market along the Ogbee Hausa axis, in the Abakaliki metropolis, where she became pregnant, for a yet-to-be-identified man, said she wanted to sell the child to raise money to start a business of selling drinks.
It was gathered that the good spirited individuals, whom she approached and indicated her intent to sell her baby boy little Victus Chekwube, informed the police about her plan, which led to her arrest, thereafter.
“One of my customers, who paid me N5,000, slept with me without condom and after that day, I missed my period. So, this is why I came to be in this condition. I am suffering and I’m even finding it hard to eat.
This child, four-month-old Victus Chekwube, is my child. But I want to sell my child, because I cannot take care of him. I want to sell it for N40,000. I can’t guarantee the child’s safety, because I am suffering and I want to go look for my future. I want to sell the baby at the rate of N40,000 to start up a business. I have a fridge and I reside at Ogbe Hausa in Abakaliki,” she said.
The police spokesperson in Ebonyi, Loveth Odah, who confirmed the arrest said, “So her name is Chukwube Victoria, she told us she is a commercial sex hawker and that she has this baby which she carrying. She said if she leaves here she would continue to look out for prospective buyers.
But we tried to talk to her and to make her see the value of being a mother, but she refused. She even told us that if we allow her to go home with the baby she will throw the baby away and that she can’t tell who got her pregnant.”