A 20-year-old lady identified as Miracle Kalu has been arrested for selling her one-month-old baby for N130,000 (approx. $332) to a couple in Lagos.
Miracle, who is an orphan, blamed hunger for her action, saying she knew she would not be able to take care of the baby. Those who were conveying the baby to his new parents in Lagos were intercepted by policemen who were enforcing lockdown.
Miracle said: “I knew I could not take care of the baby because I am not working. I am an orphan. I was forced out of school when I was in Junior Secondary School 2 because there was no money to continue. ”I was impregnated by a trader in Orlu. But when I informed him, he said I should terminate it, that he was not ready to face such responsibilities. In fact, he abandoned me.”
She said she could barely feed herself, let alone an additional mouth.
According to her, the baby would have died of hunger if she didn’t do what she did.
She said: ”I have been barren for 15 years. I paid the amount because I was in dire need of a baby to call my own. I saw this as an opportunity to experience how it feels like being a mother and I also wanted to take care of the baby.
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