The police in Edo have arrested a 26-year-old bricklayer, Kenneth Ofoke, for allegedly selling his six-week-old twin babies for N500,000.
Kenneth who hails from Ebonyi State, sold the infants in Port Harcourt but was arrested in Edo State.
He was among suspects paraded by the Edo state police Commissioner, Mohammed DanMallam, for alleged involvement various crimes.
It was gathered that the suspect had sold four babies before he was arrested.
Ofoke allegedly sold his twins for N500,000, and the other two for N30,00 and N50,000 respectively.
Speaking with reporters, Kenneth claimed the twin he sold were his children and that the incident happened in August last year.
He said he sold the twins “due to financial constraints and ill health of his other children and their mother.”
He added that they unanimously decided to take the babies to where they would be taken care off.
“My wife gave birth to twins, she and the twins fell ill, so I called my aunty who said I should bring them to Port Harcourt to help me out so that I can take care of the woman.
“When we get to Port Harcourt, my aunty asked us whether we were really husband and wife and whether the twins were really our children and we said yes. She then told us that the children needed better treatment so as to save their lifes and that of the mother.
“I told her to save the children so that I can go and take care of my wife. I also told her that we will be coming to see them frim time to time.
“She then told us that the children would be taken to an orphanage homes and called the people who gave me N500,000 to take care of my wife in exchange for the baby,” he said.
When asked whether he married the woman, he said “the woman brought the children to me, saying I am the father of the babies and that I impregnated her when I was befriending her.”
The Edo Commissioner of Police, DanMallam, said the suspects will be charged to court at the conclusion of investigation.