From GEORGE ONYEJIUWA, OWERRI
A young woman, Chioma Fidelis, 20 who was among the 40 suspects paraded by the Imo State Police Command for various offences has said that she was only given half a bag of rice after a year of having sold her baby to a couple; Mr and Mrs Jonas Anyanwu .
Chioma Fidelis, from Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of Imo State, who stated this yesterday, while fielding questions from Journalists said she got pregnant by mistake and decided to sell the child because she could not take care of the baby.
According to her, “I got pregnant by mistake and I did not know. When I gave birth to the baby boy the I did not have money to take care of him. So I decided to sell the child. They told me that they sold the child for N700,000. I did not collect any money from them, the only thing I got was half bag of rice, chairs, provisions and bags of cement which I used to repair my house.”
The brain behind selling the baby boy, Mrs. Chidinma Unakala Mgba, aged 34, from Mbomiri in Mbaitoli Local Government Area of the state, disclosed that the mother of the child had complained to her that she could no longer take care of the baby.
“When the mother brought the baby to me, I took him to the hospital and the hospital confirmed that the baby was suffering from kwashiorkor. From there, I started taking him to various churches to get healing and I succeeded. I spent N137,000 on the baby and another N200,000 on the mother.”
Mr. Jonas and Salome Anyanwu, from Umunakanu in Ehime Mbano Local Government Area of the state who bought the baby claimed they did because they already had six female children and desperately needed a male child.
According to Mrs Salome Anyanwu, the husband had borrowed the N700,000 which they used to buy the baby .
“It is true that my husband brought the money that we used in buying the child. Let me tell you, because we need the child my husband had to borrow money, N700,000 and gave it to Chidinma, who brought the child. I wanted to reject the child but because of God I collected him and started nursing him.”