A middle aged palm fruit cutter, George Maduabuchi, from Owerrinta in Isialagwa South council of Abia State is now in police net for allegedly selling his 14-month-old son for N300,000.
The father of four was said to have connived with another suspect, Obinna Erondu, now at large, to perpetrate the act. Commissioner of Police, Mr. Joshak Habila, who paraded the suspect along with other criminals on Thursday said luck ran out on him when the wife alerted the police over his questionable role over their sick baby. But the suspect told our correspondent that he did not sell his son but only took him to a herbalist when he took ill. According to him, the herbalist gave him N140,000 and told him that he could not heal the baby so he left him in the herbalists home and bolted with the money. But his explanations were immediately countered by his wife, Eberechi, who said he took their son who had cough to the said herbalist but instead of returning with the baby rather came back with bundles of money. When she demanded explanations on the whereabouts of their son, he could not offer any convincing answer, and as she began to cry, the husband came to curdle her when suddenly the polytene bag in his hand tore and splashed money on the floor. Worried by the source of the money, the wife, who is also pregnant, raised the alarm which attracted some neighbours who helped to arrest the husband. Suspecting a foul play, the neigbours subsequently alerted the police who picked up the husband who later led the police to the herbalist’s house at Owerrinta where the boy was recovered.