A 26-year-old bricklayer, Kenneth Ofoke, has been arrested in Benin, Edo State, for allegedly selling his six-week-old twin babies for half a million naira.
He also sold two other kids for N30,000 and N50,000 respectively .
The suspect, who hails from Eboyi State, was said to have sold the infants in Port Harcourt, Rivers State.
In an interview with journalists, Ofoke claimed that he sold the twins “due to financial constraints and the ill health of the children and their mother.”
“My wife gave birth to twins; she and the twins fell ill. So, I called my aunt, who said I should bring them to Port Harcourt. She said she would help me out so that I could take care of their mother.
“When we got to Port Harcourt, my aunt asked us if we were really husband and wife and if the twins were our children and we said yes.
“She then told us that the children needed better care to save their lives and that of their mother.
“I told her to save the children so that I could go and take care of my wife. I also told her that we would be coming to see them from time to time.
“She then told us that the children would be taken to an orphanage. She called the people who gave me N500,000 to take care of my wife in exchange for the babies,” he said.