17-yr-old sells child for N500,000, paid N30,000

17-yr-old sells child for N500,000, paid N30,000

Yvonne Williams

Following an unwanted pregnancy at age 17 year old Tessy Obianua, a secondary school drop-out resulted to selling her child to a couple who also have been trying to conceive for over six years. Impregnated by Shola an acquaintance and ashamed, she eloped with another man Jude Azuka for Onitsha when the pregnancy was five months old from her Ogbese camp residence in Akure North area of Ondo State where she lived with her parents.

Meanwhile following her disappearance, the father had lodged a complaint via a petition at the Police station and investigations began. According to a police source Jude who was a neighbour of Tessy’s parents seized the opportunity of her condition to lure her to Onitsha where he promised to link her to a “ good Samaritan” who will take care of her, the pregnancy and even the baby after birth. Tessy was ferried to Onitsha and put in the custody of one Mrs Chibuzor Okoye who housed her until she gave birth to a baby girl which she also helped her nurse. Unknown to Tessy that Jude was one of the agents of Mrs Okoye who is a child trafficker, she was reportedly given special treatment throughout her stay with the Mrs Okoye at No 3 Tonny Olisa street Awada in Onitsha.

However when she got wind of the real situation of things and the fate of her  “unwanted child” Tessy according to the Police source had no choice than to agree with them and a deal was struck on how much a desperate couple who had been looking for a baby was willing to pay on her.

The Police source told Vanguard that a drama ensued when the couple came to the house of Mrs Okoye to collect the baby after the payment of N500,000. Tessy was said to have put up a fight, vowing she would not let go her baby and it reportedly took the intervention of Jude who brought her to Onitsha before she allowed the couple Mr and Mrs Sunday Kalu to go with her. Sensing that Tessy may have a re-think and probably want to make trouble, they suggested to both Jude and Mrs Okoye that she (Tessy) should sign an undertaking that she would never come back for the baby. After that was done, the baby was taken away and Tessy was settled with N30,000 cash while some new clothes and shoes were equally bought for her from the sale of her baby girl.

But the 17-year old girl in an interview denied having knowledge of the whole transaction saying she was handed N30,000 after she discovered that her baby had disappeared while she was asleep. She said that she later learnt from Jude that N500,000 was collected by them from a couple in need of a baby.
Detectives later traced both Mrs Okoye and Jude to Onitsha where they were both apprehended and brought back to Akure, the Ondo State capital. The five suspects are presently cooling their heels at the Criminal Investigation Bureau CID division of the state police command. The couple were later arrested at their No. 8 Uzogwu street Onitsha.

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