Eighteen-year-old Blessing John has been arrested as she attempted to sell a boy to ritualist in Michika, Adamawa State.
Spokesperson of the police command in the state, DSP Sulaiman Nguroje, said the suspect was arrested following a tipoff.
She persuaded the boy (name withheld) from her neighbourhood in Michika and took him to Mubi in search of a buyer.
Nguroje said the teenager told police investigators that she abducted the boy to raise money to buy a car and live a luxurious life.
“She took the little boy to Mubi to sell, but when she could not reach the buyers on phone, she decided to search for another buyer. She ended up talking to the wrong person, who in turn informed the police,” he said.
According to him, the teenager got in contact with a kidnapper during her recent visit to Mubi when a friend told her she could make money by supplying children to ritualists and human traffickers.
The police spokesperson called on parents to look after their wards and report suspicious persons and movements to the nearest security post.