Man Sells Son For N450,000 & You Won’t Believe The Reason The Buyer Bought It

A 29-year-old man, Kanayo Awurum, has been
arrested by the Lagos State Police Command for allegedly selling his son
for N450,000 in the Egbe, Ikotun area of the state.
Punch Metro gathered that Kanayo, from the
Ikeduru Local Government Area of Imo State, allegedly sold the
two-year-old boy, identified as Samuel, to some middle-aged women.

Our correspondent gathered that Kanayo, who
worked as a painter, reportedly lied to his wife, Kelechi, that one of
the women was his relative in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and the boy
was going to live with her.
It was learnt that the police had apprehended
the three women ─ Nkechi Obi, Cecilia Nwatu and Gladys Nwobodo ─ for
allegedly buying the child.
Our correspondent learnt that on Thursday, April
2, 2015, the women, who were working with Kanayo’s friend, identified
only as Emmanuel, had visited the man and his wife to purchase the boy.
It was gathered that Kanayo told Emmanuel, who
is still at large, that he had some financial difficulties, and decided
to sell his son for N450,000.
Speaking with Punch Metro, Kanayo said he was advised by Emmanuel to sell his child to the women.
He added that his plan was to stabilise his family with the money as his wife was pregnant with another child.
                                                          The women involved
He said, “I met Kelechi in our secondary school
days in 2005. It was in 2010 that we started living together In December
2012, she gave birth to Samuel. We were then living in Owerri, Imo
State. I was working as a painter and also acted in movies. I was an
upcoming actor so I was not well paid.
“From 2014, I started to have financial
difficulties, and I wanted to come to Lagos to hustle. The idea to sell
my child came in March 2015 when I finally decided to travel to Lagos.
It was a friend, Emmanuel, who linked me to the women. I asked him to
lend some money to me and he said I should use what I had to get what I
“I did not tell my wife that I wanted to sell
our child. I lied to her that one of the women who came was my elder
sister in Port Harcourt and our son was going to stay with her. My wife
did not like the idea, but I convinced her that it was for our good.
“So, when we came to Lagos, we rented an
apartment on Oluwaseyi Street in the Egbe area of Lagos. I was paid
N450,000 for the boy. That was what I used to pay for the rent.”
Kelechi, 28, told our correspondent that it was
when she pestered Kanayo to bring her child home for a visit and the boy
was not brought by the ‘relative’ that she suspected a foul play.
She said, “Samuel was two years and two months
old when Kanayo said he was taking him to stay with his sister in Port
Harcourt. In April, he went to Owerri for a painting work and promised
that his sister would bring Samuel on a visit.
“On the day he promised, no one showed up. He
also failed to come back to Lagos when he promised. I then told our
landlord and one of his friends in Lagos, called Coach. Then, they
agreed to trick my husband to come back home.
“When he arrived, they began to ask him
questions and he later confessed that the boy was not actually with his
relative. They went to report the matter at the Ikotun Police Division.
That was how he was arrested.”
Piunch Metro learnt that after the police arrested Kanayo, he was transferred to the State Special Anti-Robbery Squad.
Kanayo led SARS operatives to one of the suspected buyers, Obi, in Port Harcourt, where she was arrested.
The two other suspected buyers were later nabbed in the Agbani area of Enugu State where the baby was sold.
Our correspondent gathered that Samuel was recovered by the police last week Friday, and he had been reunited with Kelechi.
Nwatu, 42, who took the child to her house in
Enugu, said she planned to raise him as her child as her biological son
was disabled. She added that she paid N650,000 for the boy.
She said, “I am a mother of three. I have two
girls and one boy, but my boy is deformed. He is about 10 years old. My
husband did not know about it. I wanted a male child desperately to bear
the family name. My boy has the Down syndrome. He could not talk.”

The Police Public Relations Office, DSP
Kenneth Nwosu, confirmed the arrest, adding that investigations were
ongoing to get the fleeing accomplice.


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