Miracle Johnson, 23, has been arrested by Edo State Police for allegedly selling her six-week-old baby to buy a phone.
Johnson Kokumo, Commissioner of Police, has confirmed the incident and said that Miracle sold the baby, Greatness, to an orphanage in Onitsha, Anambra State, for N200, 000.
Miracle said: “My baby was born on July 2. I sold her due to frustration. My husband was just struggling to provide for us.
“My friend (Mama Joy) said that since my husband was not taking care of me if I did it (sold the baby), I could give the money to my husband to start a business or buy a motorcycle.
“Two weeks later, she came back. I did not know what happened to me. So, I carried a bag, picked some things and left.
“I sold her to an orphanage in Onitsha. The orphanage bought the child for N200, 000. I just bought only a phone, I did not want to buy it, but she (Mama Joy) forced me to do so.’’
“I told my pastor what I did and that it was a mistake for which I would never forgive myself. So, my husband and I went to a police station to report. I know what I did was not good. I pray that my child will forgive me.”
Her husband, Johnson Omovuokpor, said: “When she told me about her plan, I told her to forget about it and exercise patience.
“On that day, I took my motorcycle out for repairs. When I went back home to get some money, I saw my first daughter with my neighbour.
“When I asked about my wife’s whereabouts, I was told that she went out with a bag, saying that she was going to buy something. So, I remembered what she said she wanted to do with the baby.
“When she called me later in the afternoon to tell me that she had sold the baby, I cursed her and ended the call. I became confused afterwards and could not do anything for the rest of that day.”