One Mr Elisha Effiong, who conspired with his wife to sell their two daughters, aged four and six respectively, has claimed that ‘extreme poverty’ caused them to engage in such a crime.
Effiong, who has been apprehended by Operatives of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom State Command, said he wanted to use the proceed to offset his debt and meet other financial obligations.
The command’s Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, disclosed this on Wednesday in a statement issued to journalists in Uyo, the State capital.
The PRO said Effiong lives in Cameroon with his wife but came down to Uyo to carry out the plan.
He added that the suspect was arrested on November 15, 2021, through an intelligence while trying to sell his daughters identified as Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet.
He further stated that the suspect confided with a private security guard of his intentions, while the guard in turn notified the commandant of the corps, Mr. Abidemi Majekodunmi who immediately ordered the arrest of the suspect.
According to the statement,
“Effiong, 40 years was apprehended at FulCare Hospital along Ekpanya Street, where he notified the Security guard of his intention to sell his two children to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.
“The security man notified the NSCDC and immediately, Commandant Abidemi Majekodunmi detailed personnel of the Anti-human trafficking unit of the corps who swung into action and apprehended the suspect alongside with his two daughters: Abasifreke Edet 6 years old and Rachael Edet 4 years old.”
The PRO said the command had concluded preliminary investigations and would transfer the case to NAPTIP zonal office, Uyo, for prosecution.