The Oyo State Police Command has said it is investigating the alleged sale of an eight-month-old-baby boy for N50,000 by the mother and foster father in Ibadan.
The father of the baby, a Chinese expatriate, is said to have been deported by his employer, China Civil Engineering Construction Company (CCECC), which is handling the Lagos-Ibadan Standard Gauge rail line.
The firm took the action after discovering that he was the father of the baby.
The Chinese expatriate was said to have been having an affair with the woman at a secluded place near the yard of the company for several months, promising to marry her.
Police spokesman Olugbenga Fadeyi said the matter, reported at Omi Adio Police Station by some concerned residents, was being investigated to ascertain the veracity of the alleged transaction.
The suspect, identified as Mary, Fadeyi said, was arrested along with her boyfriend, Odunayo, following a report that the duo connived to sell the baby after the biological father had been deported to avoid embarrassment for the company.
The police spokesperson, however, said the baby was not sold based on the preliminary investigation.
Fadeyi, while confirming that the Chinese expatriate has been repatriated, said the woman was released after it was discovered that she did not sell the baby. Fadeyi said:
“It happened a while ago. The lady was impregnated by a Chinese national whose employer has repatriated. But, the blood of the baby was thick. The baby has pneumonia. Somebody came to the rescue of the baby to take care of the hospital bill.
“When the people did not see the baby, they accused the lady of selling the baby. The DPO in the area intervened and they invited the man who promised to take care of the baby to assist with the hospital bill.
“The man, who impregnated the lady, has been repatriated. He had been repatriated before the case was reported with the police. The DPO said that they are still conducting an investigation. She promised to update me if there is any development.”
The complainant, a worker with CCECC, Mr Moses Kehinde, said that the father of the baby, (Chinese expatriate) had persuaded the lady to abort the pregnancy but the baby’s mother never supported the idea.
This, Kehinde said, led to the disagreement between the two lovers. He said:
“The baby developed health challenges to the point that the mother could not afford the hospital bills, but within a short time, the baby got well.”
He disagreed with the police that the baby’s mother didn’t plan to sell him.
“The police are saying a Good Samaritan came and decided to take up the treatment of the baby. He took the baby away from the mother and bought her a cell phone.
“That is a cock and bull story. The question is how can a mother give away eight-month-old baby that is still breastfeeding to a strange man? The mother is here romancing with another lover.”