The Commissioner of Police in Cross River State, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, yesterday said they had arrested a couple for allegedly selling their six-year-old daughter for N400,000. He said the suspects were arrested at Ikom Local Council on April 26 following a tip-off.
According to Inuwa, the couple sold the child to enable them offset their house rent and open a small provision shop. “On April 26, 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.
“The 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,’’ he said.
But the father of the child, who was paraded, denied the allegation. “It is true that we don’t have money and things are very hard with me and my wife, but we did not sell our baby for N400,000,” he said.