A 43-year-old woman, Ngozi Ojei and her maid, Ewere Samuel have been arrested by policemen in Delta State for selling a two-week-old baby girl to a widow for N600,000.
Samuel is the mother of the baby. She gave birth while she was Ojei’s housemaid in Abae.
According to New Telegraph, Samuel said she could not identify the person who impregnated her after finding out she was pregnant. She then agreed with Ojei to sell the baby to avoid keeping a bastard child. They sold the baby late January to a woman simply identified as a widow.
Explaing more details about the incident, the the Commissioner of Police, Zanna Ibrahim, said in November 2016, Ojei asked Loveth Ojie to help her get a housemaid before she brought Samuel.
“In January 2017, the said Ngozi Ojie came to Ekwuoma (in Ika North East Local Government Area of Delta State) to see the mother of Ewere Samuel after which she took her to Aba,“ Ibrahim said.
The said Ewere Samuel delivered a baby girl and the suspect sold the child.
“The suspect confessed selling the baby for N600,000,” the commissioner explained. But Ojei said she and the mother of the baby girl got N250,000 each from the proceeds.
While Ibrahim said an investigation was ongoing, Ojei’s husband, Mr. Edwin Ojei, said: “I only came home for burial when I was arrested.”