- A 20-year-old lady named Miracle is currently in the police net for selling her one-month-old baby
- Miracle, who sold the baby for 130,000, says her action was due to hunger and because she would not be able to cater for the child
- She says she's an orphan who was forced out of school when she was in junior secondary school 2 because there was no money to continue.
A 20-year-old lady identified as Miracle Kalu has been arrested for selling her one-month-old baby for N130,000 ($340) to a couple in Lagos.
Miracle, who is an orphan, blamed hunger for her action, saying she knew she would not be able to take care of the baby.
Those who were conveying the baby to his new parents in Lagos were intercepted by policemen who were enforcing lockdown.
Miracle said: "I knew I could not take care of the baby because I am not working. I am an orphan. I was forced out of school when I was in Junior Secondary School 2 because there was no money to continue.
”I was impregnated by a trader in Orlu. But when I informed him, he said I should terminate it, that he was not ready to face such responsibilities. In fact, he abandoned me."
She said she could barely feed herself, let alone an additional mouth. According to her, the baby would have died of hunger if she didn’t do what she did.
Cecilia Okafor, who was going to be the new mother of the baby, said she gave the intermediary N150,000 for the baby.
She said: ”I have been barren for 15 years. I paid the amount because I was in dire need of a baby to call my own. I saw this as an opportunity to experience how it feels like being a mother and I also wanted to take care of the baby."
The baby has been taken to a home, and the police in Lagos said all suspects would be charged to court.
In other news, the Indonesian government is rolling out "rice ATMs" in a bid to ensure access for those in need of the essential staple as the country battles COVID-19.
The pandemic has left millions of Indonesians struggling to make ends meet.
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