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Couple use their 2-year-old son as collateral for house rent

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A Nigerian couple have been arrested for allegedly giving out their 2 year old son as collateral for house rent in Calabar.
The Cross River Police Command arrested them for allegedly giving out their 2 year old son to an agent in Port Harcourt in exchange for money.

The state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Hafiz Inuwa, while parading the suspects yesterday, at the Command Headquarters in Calabar, said they were arrested on July 23 in Calabar, after a report by the child’s mother, Mrs. Magdalene Bassey.

Speaking further, Inuwa explained that the mother of the child reported that it was her husband, Mr. Daniel Bassey, that gave out the child to a trafficking agent for an undisclosed amount of money. He said;

“On July 23, one Mrs. Magdalene Bassey reported at Efut Divisional Headquarters in Calabar that her husband, Mr. Daniel Bassey, took their first son to an unknown person in Port Harcourt through one woman called Mummy.

“The Police crack team immediately swung into action and arrested the suspect. During interrogation, he revealed that his wife was a party to the transaction. As we speak, the couple is in Police custody to unravel the cause of this inhuman action and possible prosecution.”

The suspect told Vanguard in an interview that he gave out the child as collateral for N180, 000 to help him pay his house rent. He said;

“I did it based on the debt of N21,000 I collected from a friend to pay my house rent and I have no other valuable thing apart from him. So I used him as collateral to get the money to clear my debt.

“There is no work in this rainy season, so I am unemployed. A guy from my area informed me that he knows a woman who lends money to people. My friend told me that I can give out the child as collateral to get the money without necessarily selling him.

“The woman gave me N180,000 immediately after she received the child. After that, my mother-in-law came and asked me of the child and I lied to her that I took the baby to my brother for holiday.”

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  1. Smith

    September 5, 2018 at 8:54 am

    Wow! see what poverty can cause. The person who collected the child too is guilty of exploiting the family’s vulnerability.

  2. Lagos Postal and zip Codes

    July 15, 2019 at 10:36 pm

    See their faces. The mother even looks like a man. Why am i not surprised. This is what Nigeria has turned us into. People are ready to do anything to make ends meet.

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Fani-Kayode Condemns Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland

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Fani-Kayode Condemns Video Asking Igbo Indigenes To Leave Yorubaland

Femi Fani–Kayode

Former Minister of Aviation, Femi Fani-Kayode has condemned the threat of violence on Igbo indigenes in Yorubaland.

In a video circulating on social media, Grandson Adeyinka, a UK-based Nigerian, called on Igbo indigenes to leave south-west states.

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In the video, Adeyinka issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Igbo, warning that those who refuse to leave will be dealt with.

Reacting to the video, the former Minister distanced the Yoruba people from the statement, urging the Igbo people in Lagos to stand firm and stand their ground.

He wrote:

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El-Rufai Imposes 24-hour Curfew On Seven Communities In Kaduna

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Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai has declared a 24-hour curfew in some communities in Kaduna South and Chikun Local Government Areas (LGAs) of the state.

The Commissioner for Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan announced this is a statement on Saturday.

Although the reason for the restriction was not stated, it follows the looting of warehouses – where COVID-19 palliatives were reportedly stored by the government – by residents.

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Residents were said to have trooped to Gwari Avenue where they discovered a warehouse and immediately forced it open and carted away food items.

Reacting to the development, the government directed security agencies involved to arrest and prosecute anyone found violating the curfew, and those responsible for the breakdown of law and order as well as looting and destroying properties.

The affected communities include Barnawa, Kakuri, and Television in Kaduna South LGA, and Maraban Rido, Sabon Tasha, Narayi, and Ungwan Romi of Chikun LGA.

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#ENDSARS: IGP Talks Tough, Says Enough Is Enough

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The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu has ordered the immediate deployment of operational assets and resources to bring an end to the nationwide unrest.

Following the shooting of #EndSARS protesters by soldiers at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday, there has been serious unrest in the country which has led to the destruction and looting of properties.

The IGP gave the order in a statement issued by Police spokesman, DCP Frank Mba on Saturday

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The Police Chief asked all Assistant Inspectors-General of Police (AIGs), Commissioners of Police (CPs), Heads of Police Operational Units, Squadron and Base Commanders in charge of Zonal/State/FCT Commands, the Police Mobile Force, Counter Terrorism Unit, and the Special Protection Unit, to immediately restore order.

He ordered the police head to personally lead and coordinate the operation and use all legitimate means, to halt a further slide into lawlessness and brigandage.

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