The operatives of Ogun State Police Command have arrested a 36-year old man, Kingsley Essien, accused for allegedly selling his wife, Bright Essien, and his two-year old son for N2 million.
The suspect reportedly trafficked the wife to Mali for prostitution.
While he allegedly sold his wife for N1.4million, the son was sold for N600,000.
The spokesman for the state police command, Abimbola Oyeyemi, in a statement, explained that the suspect was arrested after his wife reported the matter to police at Agbara division.
The statement read: “The woman reported to the police that her husband sometime in October 2021, lied that he had secured a job for her in Bamako, Mali, and that he had in the past assisted many to secure a job in Mali.
“Without suspecting any foul play, the wife agreed to go to Mali, but she got to the country to discover that she had been sold for N1.4million to a human trafficking cartel headed by a woman.
“While in Mali, she was forced into prostitution, but she later found her way to the Nigerian Embassy in Bamako where she was assisted back to Nigeria. On returning to Nigeria, she could not find her son and this prompted her to report at the police station.
“Upon the report, the DPO of Agbara division, SP Abiodun Salau, detailed his detectives to go after the suspect, and he was eventually arrested.
“On interrogation, the suspect confessed to the commission of the crime, he confessed further that he sold the two-year old son to somebody at the rate of six hundred thousand naira.
“Now, the Ogun State Commissioner of Police, Lanre Bankole, has directed that the man be moved to the Anti-human Trafficking and Child Labour Unit of the state CIID for investigation He directed the police officers to trace and recover the son and arrest the buyer of the stolen son.”