Kano State Police Command yesterday arrested a middle-aged woman and two others, who allegedly attempted to buy a child for N15,000.
The three suspects were nabbed for alleged child trafficking.
Parading the suspects at Metro Police Command, spokesman Magaji Musa Majiya said: ”A woman living in Sabon Gari, Church Road, reported to the Anti-kidnapping Unit that a woman approached her, requesting to buy her child for N15,000.
“Based on the report, we drafted detectives to accompany the women. The police officers hid at a corner to monitor the illegal transaction. When the deal was being struck, a woman, who claimed to be a worker with a clinic, who was the intermediary, handed over N13,000, to the mother, promising to pay the balance of N2,000 later.
“The child’s mother, Fatima, alerted the police officers, who were nearby and the suspect was arrested.
“The woman confessed that people came from Abuja, seeking to buy a three-month-old baby.”
The suspect’s husband, Mr. Bob-manuel Mpaka, said: ”We’ve been married for years without a child. We decided to adopt a child through legal means.
“We are not kidnappers; we came to Kano after receiving information that we can adopt a child here. We came with our marriage certificate and other documents.
“We were unaware that the woman, who facilitated the transaction, had a hidden agenda.”
Majiya reiterated the command’s readiness to combat crimes. He urged parents and guardians to monitor their children and wards.