A 42-year-old man with 5 wives was arrested on Tuesday, 5th November, by the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) for “attempting to sell” 1 of his 23 children in Nasarawa state.
The man was arrested NSCDC while attempting to sell his his three-year-old son at Lafia.
According to the NSCDC Commandant of the state, Mohammed Mahmoud-Fari, the man was arrested on Tuesday following a sting operation by the officers of the command.
Mahmoud-Fari said, the man who hails from Obi Local Government Area had concluded plans to sell his son for N5 million.
“Our undercover officers got wind of his plan and opened negotiation with the suspect who offered to sell the son for N5 million.”
“He opted to collect the money in cash and it was in the process that we arrested him in Lafia,” Mahmoud-Fari said.
The Commandant said investigation revealed that the man has five wives and 23 children, out of which he had already sold a daughter.
Meanwhile, the suspect has confessed to the crime and attributed his action to economic hardship, saying he resorted to sell his son to enable him take care of the family.
Mahmoud-Fari said the suspects would be prosecuted accordingly.