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Couple Conspire to Sell their Two Daughters for N700,000



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Elisha Edet was arrested by members of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Anti-Human Trafficking Unit in Akwa Ibom State for allegedly conspiring with his wife to sell their two daughters.

Elisha, who lives in Cameroon with his wife, was arrested on November 15, 2021, in Uyo, while attempting to sell the children, Abasifreke and Rachael.

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According to a statement issued on Wednesday by the state Police Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, the suspect based his decision to sell the children on financial hardship.

According to the statement, the suspect revealed his plan to a security guard.The guard, however, notified the NSCDC commandant, Mr Abidemi Majekodunmi, who ordered the culprit’s arrest.

Ukeme said, “The suspect, Elisha Effiong Edet, was apprehended with his two children identified as Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, while attempting to sell them for N700,000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State.

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“Elisha, 40, 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 his two daughters.”

The preliminary investigations, according to the NSCDC spokesman, have been completed, and the case will be transferred to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons, Uyo, for prosecution.

The commandant was said to have praised the security guard for promptly disclosing the information that led to the suspect’s arrest.

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