A man and his wife have been arrested for allegedly conspiring to sell their two daughters over hardship.
The suspect, Elisha Effiong and his wife were arrested by operatives of the Anti-Human Trafficking Unit of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Akwa Ibom State Command.
It was learnt that Effiong, who lives in Cameroon with his wife was arrested in Uyo on November 15, 2021, through an intelligence report while trying to sell their children, identified as Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet.
According to a statement issued by the command’s Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, on Wednesday, the suspects said that their decision to want to sell the children was borne out of extreme hardship.
According to Ukeme, the suspect confided with a private security guard of his plans while the guard, in turn, notified the commandant of the corps Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi who immediately ordered the arrest of the culprit.
“The suspect, Elisha Edet Effiong, ‘M’ was apprehended with his two children identified as Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, while attempting to sell them for M700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.
“Effiong, 40 years was apprehended at FulCare Hospital along Ekpanya Street, where he notified the security guard of his intention to sell his two children to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.
“The security guard notified the NSCDC and immediately, Commandant Abidemi Majekodunmi detailed personnel of the anti-human trafficking unit of the corps who swung into action and apprehended the suspect alongside with his two daughters, ” the statement read in part.
According to the commandant, preliminary investigations have been concluded while the case would be transferred to NAPTIP zonal office, Uyo for the prosecution of the suspect.
While commending the private security guard for the prompt release of an intelligence report that aided the arrest of the suspect, the commandant condemned the heinous act, describing it as a crime against humanity.
He called on the good people of Akwa Ibom State to always avail personnel of the corps with timely and actionable intelligence that could lead to arrest and tracking of criminal elements in the state.