The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corp (NSCDC), Akwa Ibom State Command has apprehended one Elisha Effiong, 40, for attempting to sell his two daughters for a sum of N7000, 000.

Spokesperson for NSCDC in Akwa Ibom State, Ukeme Umana made this known via a statement in Uyo on Wednesday. He said men from the State Command acted on a tip off and swooped on the suspect. The girls are aged four and six.

The statement read in part: “The Akwa Ibom State Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps has apprehended a man who attempted to sell his two children for N700, 000 in Uyo, Akwa Ibom.

“The suspect, Mr Elisha Edet Effiong, (M) 40 years, was apprehended at Full Care Hospital on Ekpanya Street, where he notified the security guard of his intention to sell his two children for N700,000 to pay off his debt and meet other financial challenges.

“The private security notified the NSCDC and immediately the State Commandant, Abidemi Majekodunmi, detailed personnel of the anti-human trafficking unit of the corps to swing into action.

“The suspect was apprehended on November 15 at 13:15 hours alongside his two daughters: Abasifreke Edet 6 years old and Rachael Edet, 4 years old.

“The suspect who resides, according to him, in Adidikim in Cameroon confessed that the decision to sell the children was taken by him and his wife, who is still in Cameroon and was borne out of extreme hardship."

Mr Umana also stated that the suspect will be handed over to the National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (NAPTIP) for prosecution. 

He said his Command has concluded all necessary preliminary investigations. He said the suspect will have his day in court soon. 

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