Two sisters simply identified as Juliet and Chioma have been arrested by the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP).
According to reports, both of them sold the child of their mentally challenged sister for N350,000.
NAPTIP arrested the sisters alongside a Pastor’s wife identified as Efe and 45-year-old Mrs. Alabi who allegedly bought the month-old-boy, after their brother, Chibuzor filed a complaint with the agency.
Chibuzor said when he questioned his sisters, they told him that they handed the child to someone who will take care of him.
Confirming the arrest, NAPTIP’s Commander Daniel Atokolo said this will make the fifth time the mentally challenged woman identified as Doris has had her children taken away from her.
“Many might argue that this is possible in the best interest of the children, but the agency calls on Nigerians to please explore legal means of adoption as purchase or sale of babies is a crime that is punishable by law. The illegal avenues also avail unscrupulous elements the opportunity to exploit both helpless young women and their young infants even for ungodly activities such as rituals.
“As the Director-General, Dame Julie Okah-Donli always says, the fight against human trafficking in all her forms is a fight for all of government and all of society. NAPTIP assures Nigerians that we will not relent in our efforts, with all the resources at the agency’s disposal, to ensure a human trafficking free nation.
“The agency as you may be aware adopted a five-pronged strategy to the fight against human trafficking which are Policy, Prevention, Protection, Prosecution, and Partnership. The agency has been carrying out sensitization and enlightenment programs targeted at market places, schools, motor parks, travel operators and agents, religious institutions amongst others. We are glad to report that this has led to an increase in the number of cases reported to the agency as more Nigerians are now aware of the activities of traffickers.
“We are also glad to inform you that human trafficking issues are now to be covered by school curriculums. The Lagos command from inception to 2019 has recoded 89 convictions. A total of 4,626 victims have been provided various levels of services at the NPTIP Lagos Shelter.”