Bassey Inyang in Calabar
The Cross River State Police Command have arrested a couple for allegedly selling their six-year-old daughter for N400,000.
The state police commissioner, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, made disclosure of the arrest of the couple while briefing journalists in his office in Calabar wednesday.
Hafiz said the couple, George-Sunday Udoh and his wife Victoria, were arrested on April 26, in Ikom Local Government Area of the state following a tip-off.
He said the suspects were arrested at Ikom Local Government Area on April 26 following a tip-off.
The commissioner said initial investigation by the police, it was revealed that the couple sold the child to enable them offset their house rent, and open up a small provision shop
â€œOn April 26, 2017, following a tip-off, our men arrested a couple, George-Sunday Udoh and his wife Victoria, for allegedly selling their daughter at the cost of N400,000.
â€œThe suspects were arrested by our operatives attached to the Ikom division. The case has been transferred to the State Criminal Investigation and Intelligence Department here in Calabar and investigation is ongoing,â€™â€™ the commissioner said.
However, the father of the child who was paraded, denied the allegation.
â€œIt is true that we donâ€™t have money, and things are very hard with me and my wife, but we did not sell our baby for N400,000,â€™â€™ Udoh said.