Nigerian mother arrested for trying to sell twins


A Nigerian woman has been arrested after reportedly attempting to sell her one-month old twin daughters.

The woman, 30, was arrested while attempting to sell her daughters for 350 000 naira (around R13 000). The buyer contacted the police.

She has been charged with child trafficking, but police say further charges could still be added.

According to a report by local newspaper the Guardian, the woman said during interrogation that she was prompted to sell her children as a result of “economic challenges”.

She did not make an official plea during her court appearance in the northern city of Katsina.

The country is a major oil exporter, but the majority of its 170-million strong population live in poverty.

Public outrage over baby selling has seen government promise to crackdown on the practice, but it continues to occur.

In Imo state in 2013, 17 pregnant teenaged girls and 11 babies were rescued when police raided a “baby factory”. Two years later, a woman was arrested in south-eastern Cross River state trying to sell her baby for $90 (around R1 200).

The National Agency for the Prohibition of Trafficking in Persons (Naptip) says that according to investigations it conducted in 2011, babies are sold for around $6 400 (about R86 300).