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

                                           Kanayo and his wife, Kelechi who cried out
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
It was learnt that the police had apprehended the three
women ─ Nkechi Obi, Cecilia Nwatu and Gladys Nwobodo ─ for allegedly buying the
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
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 wanted.
“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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