Bauchi Police Arrest Father for Attempting to Sell 5-Year-Old Daughter for N1.5 Million

The Bauchi State Police have apprehended a 49-year-old father accused of attempting to sell his 5-year-old daughter for N1.5 million.

This was disclosed by the Commissioner of Police, Auwal Muhammad, during a news conference.

The suspect, who claims to be an employee of Warji Local Government Council, was arrested on charges of child trafficking. According to CP Muhammad, the father took his daughter from her estranged mother under the pretext of visiting his sister in Bauchi. Unbeknownst to him, the intended buyer of the child was an undercover police detective.

“The defendant was arrested in a hotel in Bauchi after negotiating a price of N1.5 million to give up his biological daughter,” said CP Muhammad. He also revealed that the father had given N40,000 to the intermediary who connected him with the supposed buyer. The suspect will be charged in court upon the completion of the investigation.

Arrest of Gang Member Involved in 2011 Post-Election Violence

CP Muhammad also announced the arrest of a suspected gang member involved in the 2011 post-presidential election violence in Giade LGA, which resulted in the murder of six corps members. The deceased were identified as Nkwazema Anslem (Imo State), Adewumi Paul (Ekiti State), Okpokiri Obinna (Abia State), Teidi Tosin (Kogi State), Adewei Elliot (Bayelsa State), and Ukeoma Chibuzor (Imo State).

The suspect and his gang attacked the Giade Divisional Police Headquarters following the announcement of the presidential election results. They assaulted policewoman Rifkatu Bappa, who sustained severe injuries and later died at the Federal Medical Centre, Azare. The gang also looted shops, causing significant chaos and disruption.

After a decade-long manhunt, the suspect has been apprehended. “The investigation is ongoing, and the suspect will be arraigned in court upon its conclusion,” said CP Muhammad.

These arrests highlight the ongoing efforts of the Bauchi State Police Command to combat child trafficking and bring long-sought justice to the victims of past electoral violence.

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