Man was arrested for conspiring with his wife to sell their two daughters for N700,000.

The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps’ Akwa Ibom State Command’s Anti-Human Trafficking Unit has arrested a man for allegedly conspiring with his wife to sell their two daughters, aged 6 and 4, respectively.


Elisha Effiong, who lives in Cameroon with his wife, was apprehended in Uyo on Monday, November 15, while attempting to sell their children, Abasifreke Edet and Rachael Edet, according to an intelligence report.


The suspects confessed to selling their children due to extreme hardship, according to the command’s Public Relations Officer, Umana Ukeme, in a statement released on Wednesday November 23.

According to the statement, the suspect revealed his plans to a private security guard, who then informed the corps’ commandant, Mr. Abidemi Majekodunmi, who immediately ordered the culprit’s arrest.


“The suspect, Elisha Edet Effiong, ‘M,’ was apprehended in Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, while attempting to sell his two children, Abasifreke Edet, 6, and Rachel Edet, 4, for N700,000.”


“Effiong, 40, was apprehended at FulCare Hospital on Ekpanya Street, where he told the security guard that he planned to sell his two children to pay off his debt and meet other financial obligations.

“The security guard notified the NSCDC, and Commandant Abidemi Majekodunmi immediately dispatched personnel from the corps’ anti-human trafficking unit, who swung into action and apprehended the suspect along with his two daughters,” according to the statement.


Preliminary investigations have been completed, according to Ukeme, and the case will be transferred to the NAPTIP zonal office in Uyo for prosecution of the suspect.

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