A 30-year-old man Daniel Chigozie has been detained by Amotekun Corps agents for reportedly selling his nine-month-old son, Daniel Chinonye Darlington, to three different buyers in Lagos. The Commandant of the Corps in Ogun State, David Akinremi, explained that the agency received information that the father had repeatedly sold his son.
According to Akinremi, the suspect, who resides in Abela in Sango Ota, Ado-Odo/Ota Local Government Area of Ogun State, received N150,000, N400,000, and N700,000 from anonymous clients between August 2022 and February 2023. The suspects allegedly sold his son to buyers in the Sango, Meiran, and Apapa areas of Lagos.
Further investigation by the Amotekun Corps showed that the man, who is suspected of working with a criminal gang, had developed a method for retrieving the son from each of the buyers after each sale until he sold him to the final buyer, one Dr. Nosa in Apapa. The suspect reportedly confessed to committing the offense in his confessional statement.
The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) has been informed of the case and will conduct a follow-up inquiry to retrieve the child and prosecute the suspect. This despicable act of child trafficking is a serious offense that warrants immediate action to bring the perpetrator to justice and ensure the safety and well-being of the child involved.
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