Gabriel Ekpiri, a resident of Itu Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State, has been arrested by the Akwa Ibom State Police Command.
As confirmed by the State’s police command in a statement, Ekpiri was arrested for selling his nine-year-old son for N400,000.
Odiko Macon, the Police Public Relations Officer of the state, said in a statement that the suspect was arrested by the Quick Intervention Squad of the command.
According to MacDon, the suspect, during interrogation, confessed to the crime and blamed his action on the economic difficulties in the country.
The statement read, “The Commissioner of Police, Akwa Ibom State, Olatoye Durusinmi, has condemned the action of one Gabriel Ekpiri, of the Ekit Itam Akpan Obong, in the Itu Local Government Area, who sold his nine-year-old son for N400,000.
“The CP noted that the act was barbaric and totally unacceptable. The suspect who was arrested by the Quick Intervention Squad of the command has confessed to the crime. He blamed the devil and economic hardship for his actions”.