- A couple has been nabbed by the police in Abia state for attempting to sell off their daughters for N700,000
- According to the couple, this particular move was aimed at securing a better living due to the untold hardship experienced
- Meanwhile, the police command in the state condemned the act and commended the efforts of operatives who aided the couple's arrest
Akwa Ibom- A couple has been arrested in Akwa Ibom state for conspiring to sell their daughters for N700,000.
The Punch reports that operatives of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom State Command arrested Elisha Effiong for allegedly conniving with his wife to sell their two daughters aged 6 and 4 respectively.
Effiong, who lives in Cameroon with his wife was arrested in Uyo on November 15, 2021, through an intelligence report while trying to sell their children, identified as Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet.
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The command’s Public Relations officer, Umana Ukeme, in a statement issued on Wednesday, November 24, noted the suspects said that their decision to want to sell the children was borne out of extreme hardship.
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How they were arrested by the Police
According to the statement, the suspect confided with a private security guard of his plans while the guard, in turn, notified the commandant of the corps Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi who immediately ordered the arrest of the culprit.
The statement read in part:
“The suspect, Elisha Edet Effiong, ‘M’ was apprehended with his two children identified as Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, while attempting to sell them for M700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“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.”
According to Ukeme, preliminary investigations have been concluded while the case would be transferred to NAPTIP zonal office, Uyo for the prosecution of the suspect.
The commandant's position on the matter
The commandant while commending the private security guard for the prompt release of an intelligence report that aided the arrest of the suspect, however, condemned the heinous act, describing it as a crime against humanity.
He called on the good people of Akwa Ibom state to always avail personnel of the corps with timely and actionable intelligence that could lead to arrest and tracking of criminal elements in the state.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had earlier reported that a man identified as Yahaya Zakari has been arrested by the Kano state moral police known as Hisbah over the allegation that he took a young woman to his house.
Zakari who is a pharmacist was said to have taken the lady to his house located at Sabuwar Gandu in Kano metropolis.
According to a statement issued by the board in Kano on Friday, July 30, the man was arrested following calls from residents of the area.