The baby’s mother said she agreed to the sale, to make some money.
The Special Task Force, STF, in Jos, Plateau State, Tuesday, arrested four persons who claim to be students of the University of Jos for human trafficking.
The four were arrested while trying to buy a two months old baby from a single mother.
A witness said the suspected traffickers were ambushed following a tip-off by some residents, who suspected the actions of the two parties involved in the act and alerted officers of the STF.
Our source further revealed that one Patient Chibozo, who was identified as the biological mother of the child has confessed that she tried to sell her baby, blaming it on the hardship she is facing.
Ms. Chibuzo claimed the man who made her pregnant abandoned her before she put to bed, which is why she sought for the easy way out. She, however, denied the allegations that she was planning to sell her child to ritualists, adding that the suspects promised to take good care of her baby.
The culprits were apprehended at Jenta Adamu area of Jos North LGA, where the attempted sale occurred.
Residents said that there have been many cases of missing children within the Plateau State Capital in recent times. Last Sunday, a 5-year-old was reported missing along Sabon Barki, Jos South LGA. He is yet to be found.
The case was reported at the police outpost in the area, but, no arrest has been made yet. According to the family of the missing child, their son accompanied an 8-year-old girl on an errand and never returned.
When contacted, the spokesperson of the STF, Salisu Mustapha, said an official statement on the matter will be released soon.