Woman in NAPTIP detention for selling three months baby in A’ Ibom

By Isaac Job, Uyo

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP), Uyo Zonal Command, Akwa Ibom State has detained a woman for selling her three months old baby The Trumpet gathered.

Speaking in Uyo on Wednesday, the Zonal Commander of NAPTIP, Mrs Tina Ugwu , said   the incidence of baby  sales and human trafficking was prevalent in the state because it borders to the Republic of Cameroon.

Ugwu explained that the woman sold her baby because she was confused about the paternity of the child, especially when her boyfriend denied the paternity , claiming that the child did not resemble  him.

“We have a case from DSS that we’re currently battling with. It is a transfered case that borders on selling of a child,” she explained.

She said the mother of the child decided to sell her baby because she felt she was deceived adding that she  had a son for a man who was her boyfriend who never wanted to marry her.

The NAPTIP zonal Commander said ,  the  first baby  was with the man  with whom she lived   but when she had the second baby ,  the man complained that  the baby did not resembles him .                       This made her to confess that she slept with another man because the  first man was maltreating her.

The NAPTIP Zonal  Commander , however , said that the baby  was in safe hands.

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The NAPTIP boss revealed that some women were also made to get pregnant just for the babies to be sold, adding that the agency had in custody another person involved in the act.

She stated that the agency was handling a case where a man impregnated his girlfriend and sold off the baby without her knowledge, only for the mother of the child to be told that her baby was dead.

She said when one of the pregnancies was due, they took her to the room, opened her up and brought out the child saying that  they later brought  a dead child  to her , deceiving her that the baby was still born .

She said the doctor called her and told her that the dead child wasn’t hers and that her child was a baby girl and not a boy.

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