The police also arrested the buyer of the child as well as the guardian of Blessing, Mrs. Martha Obino who negotiated the sale of the two week-old baby.
Blessing was alleged to have agreed to sell the baby following her poor financial condition and the refusal of Emmanuel Sunday, the father of the baby, to accept her paternity.
Narrating her ordeal, Blessing said: “I met Sunday when I was working at Kateren Gwari mechanic village as an attendant in a restaurant. He wooed me and I accepted. He later impregnated me and when I told him, he quarrelled with me. Later, I did not see him again. Even when I was delivered of the baby at the General Hospital, Minna, on January 18, he did not show up.
“I gave my baby to Mrs. Chikodili to keep for me and she gave me N20, 000 for feeding and clothing because I did not have money to feed and take care of myself. I told her that as soon as I have money, I would pay her back and take my baby to my state, and she agreed.”
Blessing said Mrs. Chikodili then gave her a document to sign.
She said: “Madam brought a paper; I read the paper and signed it. I then told her that I would collect my baby after I might have paid the money she gave me.”
The document, which Blessing and Mrs. Chikodili signed, reads: “The disclaimer had a female child in the General Hospital, Minna and decided to do away with the child and that the claimant (Mrs. Chikodili) also gave the disclaimer a token of N20,000 to enable her (Blessing) travel to her state.”
“Both parties now desire that their oral agreement be reduced into writing to be legally binding and enforceable to avoid any controversy in future.”
The Police Public Relations officer, (PPRO) Richard Adamu Oguche said Mrs. Obialor facilitated the sale of the baby. It was alleged that she linked Blessing with Mrs. Chikodili.
The PPRO said the suspects would be taken to court and the lawyer would also be prosecuted.