The Nigerian Child Rights Law 2003 specifically prohibits the sale or procurement of a child but in the world 31-year-old Gideon Ani lives in, no such law exists. Ani, an unemployed indigene of Abia State, who is currently being intervied by investigators at the Department of Criminal Investigation, Yaba, Lagos had just had his first child, a boy, from his second wife, 23-year-old Joy. Read more from Punch.
His first wife, Victoria had no child yet.
If one expected that Ani’s newborn son would be a bundle of joy for him and his family, one would be right. Unfortunately, the joy that came to Ani’s heart was for a totally different reason. “I am jobless, I had no money and was suffering along with my family. Then a strange thought entered my mind,” he told police investigators.
Ani’s strange thought was not about urgently looking for a job to take care of his family and the new addition; neither was it about obtaining a loan that could help him resuscitate his business. He had found a way out of his dire financial troubles – looking for a buyer for his son.
“I thought about it for a while, and I realised that since the baby was mine, I could do whatever I wanted with him,” he told the police But Ani realised he could not broker the deal alone and thought about the closest person he could share such a strange thought with – his first wife.
Victoria, an Ebonyi State indigene, who had been married to her husband without a child for more than three years, instantly jumped at the idea. She was saddled with the responsibility of finding a buyer.
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