Nasarawa State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has arrested a 42-year-old suspect for attempting to sell his three-year-old son in Lafia.
State Commandant of the NSCDC, Mohammed Mahmoud-Fari revealed on Thursday in Lafia that the man was arrested on Tuesday following a sting operation by the officers of the command.
“Our undercover officers got wind of his plan and opened negotiation with the suspect who offered to sell the son for N5 million.
“He opted to collect the money in cash and it was in the process that we arrested him in Lafia,’’ Mahmoud-Fari said.
The NSCDC boss said investigation revealed that the man has five wives and 23 children, out of which he had already sold a daughter.
Upon his arrest, the suspect confessed to the crime and attributed his action to economic hardship, saying he resorted to selling his son to enable him to take care of the family.
While addressing the issue Mahmoud-Fari assured that the suspects would be prosecuted accordingly.