Couple, nurse arrested over sale of 5-year-old boy for N15,000

Nigeria police

The police in Kano have arrested a couple and a nurse for allegedly buying a five-year-old boy.

Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Magaji Majiya, who paraded the suspects in Kano on Wednesday, said that the suspects were apprehended on October 10, following a tip-off by one Hajiya Fatima who aided the police in a plot to arrest the suspects.

“We received information from Hajiya Fatima that someone wants to buy her baby. So we told her to tell them she has agreed to sell the boy.

“The suspects bought the baby at the rate of N15,000 and paid N13,000 as part payment,” Majiya said.

The PPRO added that one of the suspects, Itopam Pious, who claimed to be a nurse at ECWA Eye Hospital Kano, was arrested while trying to take the baby from his mother.

According to him, the nurse intended to buy the baby for a couple, Mr and Mrs Charles Bob-Manuel, who came to Kano from Rivers State to adopt a baby because they were married for 12 years without a child.

He added that the nurse confessed to having committed the offence, while the couple denied the offence.

Investigation, Majiya said, is still ongoing and the suspects would be charged to court at the end of the exercise.